Magness Arena

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Coordinates: 39°40′55.58″N 104°57′41.73″W / 39.6821056°N 104.9615917°W / 39.6821056; -104.9615917

Magness Arena
Magness Arena looking northwest.jpg
NW view of the arena bowl (c.2016)
Former namesUniversity of Denver Auditorium (planning/construction)
Address2240 Buchtell Blvd
LocationDenver, Colorado
Public transitUniversity of Denver
RTD Light Rail
OwnerUniversity of Denver
Capacityup to 8,000
Broke groundApril 1997
OpenedSeptember 15, 1999 (1999-09-15)
ArchitectDavis Partnership Architects and Sink Combs Dethlefs
Structural engineerMartin/Martin
General contractorCalcon Construction
Denver Pioneers (NCAA, Summit, NCHA) (1999–present)

The Magness Arena is a multi-purpose collegiate sports arena in Denver, Colorado. It was built from 1997 to 1999 as part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center, the sports complex at the University of Denver. It is home to the Denver Pioneers ice hockey and basketball teams. It replaces the former DU Arena which was razed in 1997 to make way for the Ritchie Center. Magness Arena opened September 1999, one month before the Pepsi Center. The arena was voted, "Best New Sports Venue" by Westword in 2000.[1]

About the arena[edit]

Magness arena looking north/northeast

The arena is named after cable television pioneer Bob Magness, who donated $10 million towards construction costs. It features padded individual seating, two members-only club seating areas, a four-sided video scoreboard, and a concourse with glassed-in views of the adjoining Hamilton Gymnasium and El Pomar Natatorium. The arena can be identified around the city by the attached 215-foot-tall (66 m), gold-spired Williams Tower, which contains a 65-bell carillon.

The largest hockey crowd in arena history was a game between Denver and Colorado College in 2012, when 6,207 fans attended.[2] The largest non-hockey event in the arena was a 2008 presidential campaign rally for Barack Obama, where about 10,000 people attended. Magness Arena hosted the first of three 2012 U.S. Presidential Debates on October 3, 2012.

Magness Arena Exterior


List of Concerts

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  2. ^ Denver Athletics (2012-01-31). "Denver Falls 2-0 to Colorado College - Denver Pioneers Official Athletics Site". Retrieved 2012-02-04.

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