McNichols Sports Arena

McNichols Arena

  Administrative  
Address 1635 Bryant Street
Denver, CO 80204
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  The Facility  
Date Built 1975
Ownership
(Management)
City of Denver,
County of Denver
(City of Denver)
Cost of Construction $10 million
Arena Financing City-issued bonds; City and Nuggets funded $12 million in renovations in 1986.
  Other Facts  
Tenants Denver Nuggets
(NBA) 1975-1999
Colorado Avalanche
(NHL) 1995-1999
Former Tenants Denver Nuggets
(ABA) 1975-1976
Denver Spurs
(WHL)(CHL)(WHA) 1968-1976
Colorado Rockies
(NHL) 1976-1982
Denver Avalanche
(MISL) 1980-1982
Colorado Flames
(IHL) 1982-1984
Denver Grizzlies
(IHL) 1994-1995
Denver Dynamite
(AFL) 1987, 1989, 1990
Population Base 2,000,000
On Site Parking 5,500
Nearest Airport 32 Miles
Retired Numbers #2 Alex English
#33 David Thompson
#40 Byron Beck
#44 Dan Issel
  Seating  
Basketball 17,171
Prices
(Mean)
$34.50, $27.50, $19.50, $16.50, $10.50
($23.69) - 1998
Hockey 16,061
Prices
(Mean)
$126, $91, $75, $66, $56, $39, $26, $15
($49.28) - 1998
Luxury Suites 27 Suites
Club Seats None
  Attendance History  
Season  Total  Capacity Change
1998-99 296,965 69% -38.6%
1997-98 483,791 69% 4.9%
1996-97 461,408 66% -31.7%
1995-96 675,717 96% -0.4%
1994-95 704,011 100% 4.5%
1993-94 673,738 96% 11.6%
1992-93 603,459 86% 12.9%
 
1998-99 - Attendance for 25 games due to NBA lockout.

Sources: Mediaventures

December 13, 1996-By Tom Fitzgerald, Chronicle Staff Writer
McNichols Sports Arena, home of the Denver Nuggets, is known in the Rockies as "the Big Mac," but it literally doesn't measure up to NBA standards. Oh, the 20-year-old arena holds 17,000 fans. That's not the issue.

The urinals in the locker rooms are.

According to a confidential document sent by NBA deputy commissioner Russell Granik to Denver's city officials, the height of the urinals used by the Nuggets and their opponents must be "2 feet, 2 inches to rim." The Big Mac urinals are two inches too low.

Says Woody Paige of the Denver Post: "No wonder the NBA has gone in the toilet."

Instead of the required eight shower heads - 8 feet high - in the Nuggets' locker room, there are just five, at 6 feet, 6 inches. Paige wonders: "Does that mean guards and small forwards can shower comfortably, but not centers, and does (backup center) Ervin Johnson ever need to take a shower after a game, anyway?"

Deputy Granik complains that the ceilings in the officials' locker rooms are just 8 feet high instead of the required 9. Paige: "When was the last time you saw an 8 foot referee?"

Miscellaneous Facts

35,000SF Exhibit Space on floor.
5,500Parking Spaces.
16'x20'Loading Door Entrance.

Directions to McNichols Sports Arena
(From Denver International Airport) Take I-70 West to I-25 South. Exit 17th Street. Arena is located just off the exit next to Mile High Stadium.

Information Courtesy of McNichols Arena

NEWS ADVISORY
January 21, 2000

Fred Luetzen, long time McNichols Arena manager, will christen the wrecking ball as the structural demolition of the arena gets underway at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 24.

Much of the “soft” or nonstructural demolition has been completed. Spirtas Wrecking Company, a Missouri based demolition contractor hired by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District contractor team of Turner, Empire, Alvarado, will move ahead with structural demolition. The wrecking ball will be used to undermine the columns that support the roof of the structure, eventually causing the roof to collapse inward.

Luetzen, who participated in the original construction and has worked at McNichols Sports Arena for the last 24 years, will christen the wrecking ball, to be located at the southwest corner of McNichols Arena.

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