The Colorado Avalanche schedule runs from October to April every year. They host many well-known teams such as the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, and Chicago Blackhawks.
The Avalanche play more than 40 home games a year, so you will have many opportunities to see them during your stay in Denver. All of their games are played at the gorgeous Pepsi Center in downtown Denver.
It's easy to get to the stadium by car, on foot, or by public transit. Read on for tips on attending one of these action packed NHL games this year.
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You will find plenty of great places to stay near the Pepsi Center when you are catching a game on the Colorado Avalanche schedule. The stadium is on the northwestern side of downtown Denver and right off I-25, which makes it easy to get to from hotels around town.
I've created a list of the best hotels which are easy to walk to, and from, the games. Many of these are downtown and will ease the burden of going to the games by car.
If you don't mind staying a little farther way, you will also find some other great hotels downtown. Some of these are within walking distance or a short cab or Lyft ride away.
The Pepsi Center was designed to be accessible to everyone from pretty much all over the city of Denver. Most people prefer to drive, or take the train, as they are both easy and comfortable.
Since there are over 7,000 parking spots at the Pepsi Center, many people prefer to drive their car to the games. Most of the parking spots are official Pepsi Center lots. However, if they are full, you can find over 2,000 parking spots in the nearby Auraria Campus.
If you are coming from I-25, you will want to take the Speer Boulevard Exit and you’ll easily find the Pepsi Center parking lots.
Parking rates are usually between $15 to $30 per car depending on which lot you choose. So, make sure to get there early so you can get the best deals and get the location where you want to park.
If you would prefer not to deal with traffic, finding a parking spot, and the cost of parking fees, then the light rail is your best bet. The RTD light rail stop is just north of the Pepsi Center and is an easy walk to the stadium. Three different trains stop at the station including the C, the E, and the W.
The Avalanche relocated to Denver in 1995, after previously playing in Quebec, Canada as the Nordiques for many years. The Avalanche play in the Pepsi Center which cost 187 million dollars to build and is a state of the art sports and concert stadium. Between Quebec and Colorado, the Avalanche has won 9 divisions, 2 president’s cups, 2 conference championships and 2 Stanley Cups trophies.
The Colorado Avalanche has had several famous hockey players and hockey coaches. Some of these include Joe Sakic, Chris Drury and Gabriel Landeskog. Some of the more famous coaches include Patrick Roy, who also played for the Avalanche earlier in his career, Tony Granato and Jared Bednar.
If this is your first time to the Pepsi Center, you are in for a treat. No matter where you sit in this stadium, which is built to hold over 20,000 people, it feels as if you are right in front of the action. It sounds cliche, but there isn't a bad seat in the whole venue.
The Pepsi Center was built for over 187 million dollars in 1995 and doesn't seemed to have aged at all. An interesting bit of trivia to amaze your friends with is that the Pepsi Center didn't open with a Denver sporting event, but with a Celine Dion concert. Who would have guessed?
If you want to check out the Pepsi Center, but don’t have time for a game on the Colorado Avalanche schedule, then you can still take a tour of the Pepsi Center since they have both walk-in and group tours throughout the year.
After checking the schedule, just walk in and take the tour. However, if you have a group of more than 25 people, you will need to call ahead so they can make arrangements and schedule your tour. So plan ahead and make sure your whole group can get in and check out the Pepsi Center from the inside.
From May through October, the Pepsi Center has tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at three different times each day.
If you are visiting during the winter months of October to May, the tours continue on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday. They also add two tours on Saturdays. The Pepsi Center does not have tours on Sundays or holidays.
If you want to do a group tour, it is best to reserve your place at least 2 weeks in advance since the tours are quite popular. Also, if you do book in advance, you can only book 90 days beforehand.
Lastly, sometimes there are cancellations, so if you forget to book your tour, try and call the day of the tour. Maybe even try a day or two before since people will cancel in advance of their day.
Have fun checking out the home of the Colorado Avalanche and seeing an inside view that is unlike any other!
In addition to the games on the Colorado Avalanche schedule, you could get the chance to catch another professional team in our Mile High City. Denver is home to several professional teams including football, lacrosse, baseball, and basketball. Here is a little more information about some of the other teams here in Denver.
Nuggets Basketball: Much of The Denver Nuggets basketball season overlaps the Colorado Avalanche schedule. The Nuggets play from October to April at the Pepsi Center. If you don't find an Avalanche game during your stay, check out the Nuggets schedule to catch an NBA game instead.
Broncos Football: The Denver Broncos play less than a mile away from the Pepsi Center at Mile High Stadium. Their season runs from September to December with two pre-season games in August. Find out more about cheering on the Broncos during your stay.
Rockies Baseball: If you are in Denver in the spring or summer, then you need to see the Rockies at Coors Field. It's the highest MLB field in the country, and is well known for massive home run shots all game long. Get this year's schedule and tips to attend a game.
After spending time watching the Colorado Avalanche, or one of our other teams, you will have many options for the rest of your time in downtown Denver.
Some of my favorites include sampling Denver's tasty local brews, checking out the restored historic Union Station, or visiting one of our top attractions.