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SBJ/November 24 - 30, 2003/Facilities
Loveland, Colo., gets arena that it ‘has been dying for’
Published November 24, 2003
The Budweiser Events Center seats 5,300 for hockey and 6,000 for basketball.
When the Budweiser Events Center opened its doors on Sept. 20, more than 5,000 fans filled the arena for an NHL exhibition game between Colorado and Florida.
Just under a month later, the arena's primary tenant took to the ice for its first home game, as the Central Hockey League's Colorado Eagles played host to Tulsa.
The venue — located in Loveland, Colo., 50 miles north of Denver — was paid for fully with public funding through a voter-approved sales tax increase. The facility seats 5,300 fans for hockey, 6,000 for basketball and 7,200 for concerts. It also offers 777 club seats as well as 24 luxury suites, and all of that premium seating has been sold out for the Eagles' regular season.
Global Spectrum manages the $28 million arena.
Joining the Eagles as facility tenants are the National Women's Basketball League's Colorado Chill, whose season begins in mid-January. The Chill will host the 2004 NWBL All-Star Game at the arena on Feb. 16.
"This market has been dying for a place like this, and now that they finally have it, fans have been responding well," said Budweiser Events Center assistant general manager Rick Hontz. "Ticket sales have been great, attendance has been high at all of our events, and promoters are starting to see that."
The 250,000-square-foot multipurpose center is part of the new Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex, also referred to as The Ranch. Eagles co-owner American Eagle Distributing, a local Anheuser-Busch Cos. distributor, last year signed a $1.5 million, 20-year naming-rights deal for the venue.
Budweiser Events Center
City: Loveland, Colo.
Tenants: CHL Colorado Eagles, National Women's Basketball League Colorado Chill
Owner/operator: Larimer County/Global Spectrum
Architect: PBK Architects Inc.
General contractor: Neenan Construction Co.
No. of seats: 5,300 (hockey), 6,000 (basketball)
No. of suites/club seats: 24/777
Projected cost: $28 million
Funding: 100 percent public funding through a voter-approved sales tax increase enacted to raise $62.8 million for improvements to the fairgrounds on which the new arena was built. Team co-owner American Eagle Distributing, a local Anheuser-Busch Cos. distributor, last year signed a $1.5 million, 20-year naming-rights deal for the venue.
Concessionaire: Ovations Food Services
Pouring rights: Pepsi
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics (contract value: $700,000)
Ice provider: Commercial Refrigeration Inc. (contract value: $447,632)
Seat provider: Irwin Seating Co. (contract value: $917,619)
First game: Sept. 20, NHL exhibition game, Colorado vs. Florida
BUDWEISER EVENTS CENTER SUBCONTRACTORS
|Company||Work performed||Contract value|
|Aggregate Industries WCR Inc.||Asphalt pavement||$318,379|
|AP Construction||Concrete, foundation||$589,695|
|Bath Nursery and Garden Center||Landscaping||$1,398,481|
|CEI West Roofing Co.||Roofing||$468,574|
|Colorado Doorways Inc.||Doors, frames||$397,205|
|Colorado Precast Concrete||Precast concrete||$721,813|
|Connell Resources||Earthwork, utilities||$7,085,232|
|Dalco Industries||Rebar, concrete accessories||$139,927|
|Décor II Inc.||Decor||$381,646|
|Delta Construction||Pre-engineered building||$3,339,441|
|Desert Plains Inc.||Fireproofing||$276,619|
|Front Range Raynor Door||Doors, frames||$357,279|
|Front Range Steel||Steel||$204,426|
|Gerrard’s Excavating Inc.||Excavation||$291,444|
|JD Steel Co.||Steel||$187,053|
|JMM Architectural Millwork||Millwork||$201,285|
|Lundquist Associates||Dry wall, painting||$1,239,963|
|Maple Leaf Gold Inc.||Hockey rink dasherboards||$148,472|
|Nixcavating Inc.||Foundation, grading, perimeter drain||$247,416|
|Nolte Associates||Civil engineer||$79,575|
|Pect Metals Inc.||Structural steel||$270,935|
|Poudre Valley Sealants||Joint sealants, waterproofing||$148,466|
|Rental Services Corp.||Booms, backhoes, equipment||$192,934|
|Rio Grande Co.||Reinforcement steel||$294,220|
|Riviera Electrical||Electrical engineering||$5,508,774|
|Roof Check Inc.||Sheet metal, copper water feature||$395,101|
|Soderberg Masonry Inc.||Masonry||$1,948,223|
|S.O.S. Staffing Services||Staffing services||$303,907|
|Tom Hansen Inc.||Concrete site work||$260,678|
|US Engineering Co.||Mechanical||$6,427,385|
|W&W Steel Co.||Steel||$3,160,213|
|Young Electric Sign Co.||Signage||$351,031|
|Zimkor Industries||Steel fabrication||$698,750|
|* Includes work beyond the arena project at the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events
Complex, which opened in September.
Sources: PBK Architects Inc., Neenan Construction Co., Eagles, Chill
Alisha Puckett is research associate for The Sports Business Daily, an affiliated publication.