The Pepsi Center brings thrilling sports, music, and more to Denver, Colorado. Unlike other arenas that may be built for one purpose, there are multiple teams that call this stadium home. The Denver Nuggets basketball team, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team, and the Colorado Crush arena football team all face their opponents at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Big name performers including Celine Dion, Elton John, and Billy Joel have all played to sold-out audiences here, so if you're planning to attend a show during your vacation in the Mile High City, be sure to get your Pepsi Center tickets fast—you won’t want to miss out on seeing this state-of-the-art arena.
The Pepsi Center opened in 1999 and fans are spread throughout five levels of seating. The seating capacity depends on the event, ranging from 17,000 to 21,000, and 95 luxury suites are also available throughout the arena. If you’re traveling to Denver, the odds are there will be multiple events taking place during your trip. With more than 200 scheduled events each year, visitors can choose from a range of performances including sports, concerts, family shows, and events on ice. With many hotels near the Pepsi Center, attending any one (or more) of these events is simple to combine with visiting the city's restaurants and major attractions.
Pepsi Center tickets are a hot commodity in Denver, so if you’re lucky enough to secure them, come along early to the arena for the full experience. Quality meals are available on-site; for instance, The Blue Sky Grill is a popular restaurant that holds more than 300 people. Resembling a mountain lodge, this restaurant serves proper western fare. The stonework, fireplaces, and wood floors will all feel like a Colorado ranch, and be prepared for some unique menu items including elk, buffalo carpaccio, and ribs marinated in special spices. To ensure that you are able to enjoy the restaurant before the game begins, it is advised to make reservations and leave well in advance in case of traffic, unless you're staying at one of the many hotels near the Pepsi Center.
All sports fans have wondered how arenas transform to serve different sports. Tours of this stadium offer the chance to find this out, as well as other behind -the-scenes aspects of the arena. A separate purchase than your Pepsi Center tickets, tours are still relatively cheap and last 75 minutes. There are no tours on Sundays, but otherwise, the availability of tours varies seasonally, and to confirm availability you should phone ahead or consult the arena’s web site. Sights to see during your tour of the Pepsi Center include the luxury suites, club level, and dressing rooms.
While some fans choose to drive to the stadium, public transportation is also an option. Both buses and trains will bring fans to the Pepsi Center, and both will have increased services during arena events. If you're looking for hotels near the Pepsi Center, there are options for all price ranges including a Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Westin, the Oxford Hotel, Hotel Teatro, and Jet Hotel. If you’re traveling to Denver in the winter, it is possible to combine a skiing vacation with an exploration of this Colorado city. Whether you love basketball, hockey, or live music, the Pepsi Center is sure to satisfy your craving for big entertainment during your visit to Denver.
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