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Pepsi Center
The Can

Location 1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, Colorado 80204
Broke ground 1997
Opened 1999
Owner E. Stanley Kroenke
Operator E. Stanley Kroenke
Surface Multi-Surface
Construction cost $160 million USD
Architect Populous
Capacity Basketball: 19,309
Hockey, Lacrosse: 18,007
Arena Football: 17,417
Concerts: up to 25,000
Colorado Avalanche (NHL) (1999-present)
Denver Nuggets (NBA) (1999-present)
Colorado Mammoth (NLL) (2002-present)
Colorado Crush (AFL) (2003-present)
Democratic National Convention (2008)
MWC Conference Tournament (2004-2006)

Pepsi Center (aka The Can) is an arena located in Denver, Colorado, USA. The building is home to the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Crush. When not in use by one of Denver's sports teams, the building frequently serves as a concert venue.

The arena is named for its chief corporate sponsor, PepsiCo. The building is properly called "Pepsi Center", not "The Pepsi Center".[1]


Pepsi Center was constructed as part of a massive 6-year sporting venue upgrade in Denver. The complex was constructed to be readily accessible. The arena sits on Speer Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in downtown Denver, and is served by a nearby exit off of Interstate 25. There is also a light rail station on the western side of the complex.

Ground was broken for the arena on November 20, 1997, on the 4.6 acre site. Its completion in October 1999 was marked by a Celine Dion concert. Capacity for the building is listed at 19,309 for basketball games, 18,007 for hockey and lacrosse, and 17,417 for arena football games. Also included in the complex are a basketball practice facility used by the Nuggets, and the Blue Sky Grill, a restaurant accessible from within and outside the Center itself. The atrium of the building houses a suspended [sculpture depicting various hockey and basketball athletes in action poses.

Before the construction of Pepsi Center, the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche played in McNichols Sports Arena, a building that has since been torn down to serve as a parking lot for nearby Invesco Field.


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Pepsi Center's interior during an NCAA hockey tournament.

Pepsi Center hosted the 2001 NHL All-Star Game and the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals. The NCAA Men's ice hockey Frozen Four West Regional was hosted on March 24 and March 25, 2007.

The NCAA Men's ice hockey Frozen Four tournament was held at the arena on on April 10 and April 12, 2008. The center was also used in aerial shot of the 2007 film Blades of Glory starring Will Ferrell.

In Popular Culture[]

Pepsi Center appears in the South Park episodes Stanley's Cup and The Ring.


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