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Magness Arena
Location 2201 E Asbury Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Broke ground 1997
Opened September 15, 1999
Owner University of Denver
Operator University of Denver
Surface 200' x 85' (hockey)
Capacity 7,200 (basketball)
6,026 (hockey)
Denver Pioneers
(Basketball & Hockey)

Magness Arena is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose collegiate sports arena in Denver, Colorado. It was built from 1997 to 1999 as part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness, a $84 million, 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m2) sports complex at the University of Denver. It is home to the University of Denver Pioneers ice hockey and basketball teams. The Ritchie Center replaced the former DU Arena which was razed in 1997 to make way for the Ritchie Center.

The arena is named after cable television pioneer Bob Magness, who donated $10 million towards construction costs.

The largest hockey crowd in arena history was a game between Denver and Boston University in 2004, when 6,199 fans attended.

The largest non-hockey event in the arena was a 2008 presidental campaign rally for Barack Obama, where about 10,000 people attended.

The arena 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, gold-spired Williams Tower, which contains a 65-bell carillon.

Concerts Events

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


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