SBJ/November 24 - 30, 2003/Facilities

Loveland, Colo., gets arena that it ‘has been dying for’

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

Company Work performed Contract value
Aggregate Industries WCR Inc. Asphalt pavement $318,379
Armadillo Construction Fencing $175,148
AP Construction Concrete, foundation $589,695
Bath Nursery and Garden Center Landscaping $1,398,481
Bestway Concrete Concrete $276,267
CEI West Roofing Co. Roofing $468,574
Colorado Doorways Inc. Doors, frames $397,205
Colorado Precast Concrete Precast concrete $721,813
Commercial Glass Glass $947,880
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
Gordon Sign Signage $147,319
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
Marrou Concrete Concrete $385,829
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
TOTAL $42,032,236*
* 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.

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