Denver Coliseum is an indoor arena, owned by the City and County of Denver, operated by its Theatres and Arenas division and is located in Denver, Colorado. The arena holds 10,200 people and was built in 1951. A wide variety of events are held throughout the year including: Disney on Ice, RATM, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Denver March Pow Wow, the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, Gem, and Jewelry Show, Christian events, cheerleading competitions, high school sports playoffs, motivational seminars, Mexican dances, roller derby, music concerts & other miscellaneous events. Beginning in 2012-13 Central Hockey League season the venue will host a new CHL team in Denver. The team name was announced on May 17, 2012 as the Denver Cutthroats.
At a cost of $3 million, the Coliseum was built by the City of Denver to allow the expansion of the rapidly growing National Western Stock Show – at the time the largest livestock event in the west. One of Mayor Quigg Newton’s first acts in office was to appoint a committee of citizens to develop detailed plans for the structure. The committee knew that the building would need to serve many other needs to keep it operating year ‘round. They envisioned hockey, basketball, boxing, track meets, conventions, civic meetings, trade shows, dances, ice skating and “spectacular road shows.” Ground was broken on September 16, 1949 on the building that would soon occupy 122,400 square feet.
June Haver was the first, but over the years the Coliseum hosted many celebrities or soon-to-be celebrities in performance: Elvis Presley (twice), The Who, The Rolling Stones, Lovin’ Spoonful, The Monkees, Cream, CSNY, Ike & Tina Turner, The Moody Blues, Santana, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Rammstein and many more. Recently the Coliseum completed an interior make-over to the concourse areas plus the construction of a new box office, new windows, doors and floors. The Historic Denver Coliseum is proud to continue hosting entertainment and special events for the Denver community. There is something for almost everyone at the Historic Denver Coliseum!