Ball Arena will host up to 4,050 fans for Avalanche, Nuggets games starting in April


DENVER — Ball Arena has received capacity variance approval to host fans for both Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games starting in early April.

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) made the announcement Thursday morning, noting that the venue can accommodate up to 4,050 fans per hockey and basketball game, which equates to about 22% of the venue’s capacity, starting on April 2.

KSE Chairman and Owner Stan Kroenke said they are thrilled they can — for the first time — welcome fans to the newly named Ball Arena.

“We are grateful to local, state and national health authorities who collaborated with us to get to this point,” Kroenke said. “We also would like to thank our partners at the NHL and NBA, who have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe return for our fans. This is a major first step in our quest to have a fully packed arena again with some of the greatest fans in sports.”

READ MORE: Colorado Rockies allowed 12,500 fans in stands for Opening Day vs. Dodgers

KSE worked alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Colorado, CDPHE, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, and the City and County of Denver to gain capacity variance approval and to put forth health and safety measures.

“The health, safety and wellness of our fans, staff, athletes and frontline workers remain the most critical priorities for our organization,” Kroenke said. “We will continue to work with health authorities and the leadership at the NBA and NHL to safely monitor ongoing public health matters. We’ll be prepared to adapt accordingly to their ongoing recommendations.”

KSE also announced that frontline staff, health care providers and first responders are welcome to the Nuggets game on March 30 and Avalanche game on March 31. Both games are closed to ticketed fans.

“We are indebted to the immeasurable dedication of frontline workers throughout the pandemic to keep our community safe,” said Kroenke. “We look forward to hosting several of them and honoring their heroic efforts during our first games back with fans.”

Ticket plan holders and partners will have first access to tickets through a series of presales. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public.

Click here to visit Ball Arena’s website for the most up-to-date information on facility policies.