The Pepsi Center: A Fan's Perspective

Rich Kurtzman@@RichKurtzman Senior Analyst IApril 15, 2009

Monday night I was treated to my first Denver Nuggets' home game of the season as a birthday present from my great, beautiful girlfriend.

Every time I go to the Pepsi Center I love it. Win or lose, the arena is top-notch. Overall, a great place to catch a game.

The Pepsi Center catches the fan, or just architecture lover's eye right away. It combines soft curves and an overall elliptical shape, contrasting them with sharp triangle-like protrusions that are made up of hundreds of pieces of glass, creating awesome glass facades, giving anyone a "wow" sensation when they admire it from close or afar.

When inside, the ushers are plentiful and eager to help in any way possible. They direct you to your seat, exits, and even beer locations well, and on this "fan appreciation night" they handed out free team posters.

As you travel up the great escalators in the huge entrance of the Pepsi Center, you notice a massive statue hanging from the ceiling, half made up of hockey players, half basketballers. Along the sides and above the escalators are numerous TVs and scoreboards, keeping even the late fan up to date.

As you walk around the rim of the arena, traveling to your seat, it is clear there are an array of bathrooms, souvenir stands, and most importantly, food/beer vendors lining the outer ring of the colossal Pepsi Center.

Once in your seat, you are in for an entertaining evening.

There are no bad seats in the Pepsi Center, believe me, I've sat almost everywhere. Even from the top row, players are easy to make out and there are no obstructed views. There is a Nuggets dance team">Nuggets' dance team, and a cheer-leading squad to catch the observer's eye, along with "super mascot" Rocky.

Prices for tickets are still very reasonable, with much of the top deck comprised of $10 seats. Prices for food/beer is high, though similar to many other arenas I am sure.

Likewise, parking is reasonable—I found a $10 lot which was close to the doors. For $20 it's hard to get more than a hot dog and two beers, but that's what Brooklyn's is for anyway.

One great aspect of the Pepsi Center is its location.

Right off the highway, and with a light rail station close by, it's easy to access from all over Denver, and even all of Colorado.

Only a few hundred feet away from the main doors is a bar to pre and post-game at, which it sits within walking distance of LODO, and the multitude of night-life locations.

Overall, the Pepsi Center itself, holding games for not only the Nuggets, but the Colorado Avalanche, Crush, Mamoth lacrosse, concerts, and other events, is state-of-the art through-and-through.

It has its own bar, gormet food on the club level, and has hosted two Stanley Cups since its opening in 2000-01.

It's easy to have a wonderful time there, and I don't remember not having one. Its location is great, close to downtown Denver and the bar scene, and prices are definitely manageable.

The Pepsi Center should be regarded as one of the best in all sports, for its many great aspects.


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