What to Expect When You Attend a Colorado Avalanche Game

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.

And if you’re headed this way, why not enjoy nearby, budget-friendly accommodations? We have 3 great extended stay accommodation options within a 15-20 minute drive from the arena. View our properties in Aurora and Sheridan.

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.

Game Schedule.

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

Enjoy your first Colorado Avalanche game, and don’t forget to check out our nearby lodging options in Aurora and Sheridan!

5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Frequent Traveler

With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to consider what resolutions will best serve you in the year ahead. Resolutions, after all, do have some merit – who wouldn’t benefit from being a little healthier, a little more organized, or finally take up that new hobby?

When it comes to new year’s resolutions, most of us are thinking along the same lines. One of the top resolutions made year after year is to travel more. And we’re here to help you do just that.

Discover new year’s resolutions for the frequent traveler, bound to help you make the most of your travels in 2016.

1. Travel more.

Reaching this all-important goal is simple when you plan accordingly. Look for opportunities to take a road trip instead of air travel, as well as affordable extended stay accommodation options.

With over 130 locations in 21 states, InTown Suites is an excellent, high-value lodging choice to help make sure you reach your travel goals in 2016. Starting at just $159.99 a week, choose from various room options that include a full-size refrigerator, two-burner stove, and microwave – giving you the freedom to prepare meals on the road.

2. Make safety a priority.

When you’re on the open road, anything can happen. Usually, this is a good thing – where new experiences, adventures, and friendships await. But the other reality we road warriors face is that something might go wrong. Whether it’s a flat tire, a dead car battery, cuts, bumps, or bruises, there are a few essentials we should all keep in our cars to ensure health and safety at all times.

Before your next road trip, take a few minutes to assemble your very own car kit. You’ll feel better knowing it’s there, and hopefully you’ll never even have to use it!

3. Stay healthy.

When you’re on the road for days or even weeks at a time, it can be hard to stay fit and healthy. The calories can add up when you’re eating at restaurants all the time, and it can be hard to find a local gym or place to go for a run without committing to memberships.

Browse through these key resources to keep you in tip-top shape while you travel:

4. Master light packing.

Packing for a trip is always a bit of a daunting task. On the one hand, you’re trying to make sure you’ve covered all of the essentials, and on the other, trying to avoid lugging around more than you really need.

Needless to say, when it comes to packing, space is always of the essence.

Next time you’re packing for a trip, packing for your next visit to InTown Suites, or maybe even packing up your place to move, keep some of these handy tips in mind.

5. Travel smarter.

Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.”

But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!).

To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip.

From all of us at InTown Suites, we wish you a safe and happy new year full of travel!