Colorado Avalanche: 7 Things Needed to Update the Pepsi Center

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Colorado Avalanche: 7 Things Needed to Update the Pepsi Center

When the Pepsi Center opened in the fall of 1999, it was a sight to behold.

It was the most modern arena in all of the NHL, sporting a state-of-the-art LED scoreboard, two levels of luxury suites, and the first "video-ring" that encircled the entire perimeter of the lower bowl.

"The Can," as some affectionately refer to it, maintained its status as a premium venue all the way until 2008, when it hosted the Democratic National Convention and the 2008 Frozen Four tournament.

But what was top of the line in 1999 has fallen to a much more mediocre state in 2011.

The Pepsi Center is still a great building, but improvements must be made to extend its design life and help it keep up with the newer arenas that have been built recently.

Here are some suggestions that will bring the arena back to a more modern state and improve the fans' experience while inside.

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