Privately owned and operated, groundbreaking for the arena took place on November 20, 1997. Since opening as the Pepsi Center on October 1, 1999 with a sold-out performance by Celine Dion, the arena has hosted a wide variety of events including hockey and basketball games, musical acts, and family events. In 2020, Ball Corporation acquired the naming rights and renamed the venue Ball Arena.
Designed by HOK Sports Facilities Group of Kansas City, Ball Arena occupies a 4.6-acre footprint in Denver’s Central Platte Valley. With more than 675,000 square feet of building space, the five-level facility is a premier sports and entertainment destination. Home of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth, Ball Arena seats 19,099 for basketball games and 18,007 for hockey and lacrosse games. Depending on stage configuration, the venue seats up to 20,000 for concerts and other events. Ball Arena features 89 luxury suites located on two levels and 1,900 club seats, as well as two Theatre Boxes to deliver an exciting fan experience with first-class amenities such as VIP parking, gourmet catering, and access to the exclusive PointsBet Club Level.
Ball Arena is one of the very few sports venues in North America that provides a separate practice facility for its team within the building. The Denver Nuggets practice court is a full-size basketball court utilized by the team for all its practice sessions.
Additional features of Ball Arena include a cutting-edge sound JBL Vertec line array sound system to cover the spectator seating bowl; and a 70,000 lbs Daktronics-manufactured center-hung scoreboard that rivals the largest of its kind in the world. A new state-of-the-art projection system transforms the Ball Arena floor into a giant 4K resolution screen during team events and is a must-see feature. The arena also has Wi-Fi access throughout the building.
Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment is one of the world’s leading ownership, entertainment and management groups. As owners and operators of Ball Arena, Paramount Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Mammoth (NLL) and Colorado Rapids (MLS), KSE’s sports and entertainment assets are second to none. Additional properties under the KSE umbrella include Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network and Altitude Authentics, the company’s official retail provider.