Pepsi Center1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204
Pepsi Center opened in 1999, four years after the Avalanche moved from Quebec. The team played at McNichols Arena until Pepsi Center opened. The building's address was named after longtime Denver Nuggets trainer Robert "Chopper" Travaglini. For Avalanche games, there are 149 panes of half-inch thick glass and it takes a crew of eight people and two forklifts 45 minutes to set up the rink, according to the arena Web site. Pepsi Center is one of six buildings in the country that has a new dasher board system that helps cushion a player's impact when hitting the boards, according to the arena Web site. In 2001, the team hosted the NHL All-Star Game and also won the second of their Stanley Cups at Pepsi Center, beating New Jersey 3-1 in Game 7. Pepsi Center also is home to the NBA's Nuggets and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth. Pepsi Center hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four hockey championships and several well-known musical acts.
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204
From the south: Take I-25 North to the Speer Boulevard exit. Turn left on Speer Boulevard and then right at the second stop light on Chopper Circle.
From the north: Take I-25 South to the Auraria Parkway exit, travel Auraria Parkway to Seventh Street and take a left.
From Downtown Denver: Take Speer Boulevard to Auraria Parkway and go west. Turn right on Seventh Street.
There are many different parking options at the Pepsi Center. Lot A is a VIP parking lot. Lots B, C and F are for the general public. Lot G is premier parking, but the general public can park there. Valet parking and express valet parking are also offered. Parking for guests with special needs is located in Lots A, F and G.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) offers public bus and light rail service. An RTD bus stop is located adjacent to the Pepsi Center at Ninth Street and Auraria Parkway, while an RTD Light Rail station is located northwest of the main Pepsi Center entrance, as well. For an updated schedule, visit the RTD Web site or call 303-299-6000 or 800-366-7433.