About the Pepsi Center:
The Pepsi Center opened in 1999 in the Mile High City. Home to the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, the Pepsi Center seats up to 21,0000 spectators. The Pepsi Center also hosts Denver's lacrosse team, the Colorado Mammoth. When not in use for sporting events, the Pepsi Center provides an arena for concerts and conventions.
The Pepsi Center, located off Speer Blvd., is easily accessible from I-25.
The Pepsi Center is also a stop on the Light Rail.
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The Pepsi Center features three seating levels: the lower level, upper level and club level.
All visitors to the Pepsi Center must pass through security checks. No outside food or beverages are allowed.
Standard concessions such as hot dogs, pizza and nachos are available at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Sky Grill restaurant also serves entrees such as steak and salmon.
The Pepsi Center maintains 15 men's restrooms, 15 women's restrooms, and three family restrooms throughout the ballpark. All restrooms have diaper-changing stations and are accessible to people with disabilities.
Smoking is prohibited in the Pepsi Center, except in designated smoking areas. The main smoking area is located outside the East Atrium.
Altitude Authentics is the onsite store for the Pepsi Center. The store is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, as well as 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The store carries official merchandise for the Avalanche, Nuggets and Mammoth.
The Pepsi Center's five parking lots open three hours before events. Price vary based on the event. Parking is also available across the street at the Auraria campus. Street parking near the Pepsi Center is hard to find, so a parking lot is the best bet.
Tours of the Pepsi Center:
Tours of the Pepsi Center are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all year round in 2015.
Tour tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children and $5 for members of the military. The tours are offered at 10 a.m., 12 noon or 2 p.m. On Fri. and Sat., the latest tour at 2 p.m. is not available. Call 303-405-8556 to buy tickets for the Pepsi Center tours.
The closest restaurant to the Pepsi Center is Brooklyn's, a spacious sports bar adjacent to the arena. It tends to get packed on game days. Market and Larimer streets are a five to 10 minute walk from the Pepsi Center. You can grab German fare at Rhein Haus, while playing bocce ball, or grab some tacos and tequila at Tamayo.
Other Pepsi Center Info:
- The ice for hockey games is covered by one-inch-thick fiberglass for other events.
- The Pepsi Center opened its doors with a sold-out concert by Celine Dion on Oct. 1, 1999.
- Scoreboard messages for birthdays, anniversaries and other events can be transmitted (for a fee) by calling Guest Relations at 303-405-8548.
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