Based in Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team rightfully earned its status as one of the best hockey teams of all-time. Routinely making it to playoffs and winning the Stanley Cup twice, the Avalanche is best known for some of its famous players, coaches, and managers (past and present), including Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Adam Foote, among many others.
During the winter months especially, taking in an Avalanche home game is what draws many visitors to the Denver area. Thinking about attending a game this season? Here’s a little bit of intel to help you have the most enjoyable experience at the game.
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Transportation to the Pepsi Center.
The Pepsi Center (the Avalanche’s home arena) is located at 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver.
If you’re driving to the game, be sure to check out parking options (including lot locations & prices) before you arrive. With multiple lots all within a quick walk of the arena, your parking options are quite good.
Below are a few basic driving directions, as described on pepsicenter.com:
- If you are traveling south on I-25, take exit 212B toward downtown. Turn left onto Speer Boulevard. At the second stop light, turn right onto Chopper Circle.
- If you are traveling north on I-25, take exit 210B for Auraria Parkway. Merge onto Auraria Parkway. Turn left onto 11th Street to enter the grounds of Pepsi Center.
- From downtown Denver, take Speer Boulevard to Auraria Parkway. Go west on Auraria Parkway and turn right on 11th Street to enter the grounds of Pepsi Center.
Public transportation is also available. There is a bus stop located adjacent to the Pepsi Center at 9th Street and Auraria Parkway, as well as multiple train lines servicing the surrounding area. View bus & train route options.
Colorado Avalanche Tickets & Seating.
With just over 18,000 seats, games at the Pepsi Center are quite busy. While you can take your chances and buy a ticket the day of, popular games can sell out so it’s best to buy your ticket online prior to a scheduled game. There are plenty of options for purchasing single tickets – you can do so through the official site itself, or peruse discounts and deals on third party sites like FlashSeats.com.
There’s nothing like scoring that perfect seat to any sporting event, so before you buy your tickets, be sure to check out any of the third party Pepsi Center seating charts online to map out your desired seat, or take a look at the official seating chart complete with ticket pricing information.
Tickets prices vary widely depending on where you choose to sit in the arena, but really, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. You can spend as much or as little as you’d like, ranging from about $25 to nearly $300.
The Avalanche has regularly scheduled games running from early fall to early spring. Filter the game schedule to view Home Games only when planning your trip to Denver.
Food & Entertainment.
While the game is the big draw, there is lots to see and do when visiting the Pepsi Center. Plan to arrive at the arena early so you can take a guided tour. Enjoy backstage access to this world class sports and entertainment destination, and discover how it is converted from hockey ice to basketball court and how it successfully hosts over 250 different events each year.
Food and drink are a large part of the Avalanche experience. With countless concession stands throughout the arena, you’ll enjoy access to snacks and beverages throughout the game.
Additionally, there are three restaurant and lounge facilities within the Pepsi Center that offer dinner and drinks before games, and some throughout halftime. Take a look at the Shock Top Lodge, Peak Pub House, and the Land Rover Denver Club.