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The Best Seat In Town

June 2002

Pepsi Center

When the Pepsi Center opened its doors to ticket buyers in 1999, the first fan walked into the arena, pointed up to a seat in the front row of a corner section of the balcony, and claimed it as his own. The man still holds that seat, and for him it is the best seat in the house.

 

The matter is obviously up for debate. Such a seat would be unthinkable for a Nuggets game?– but in hockey, as they say, anything goes. Some fans will tell you that the best seat is one on the glass, where spectators can get a close-up look at the action, highlighted by fights, body checks, and the smeared visages of the visiting team. More experienced fans, however, scoff at the notion of proximity, preferring a grander view of the game from the upper levels.

Invesco Field at Mile High

Many diehard Broncos fans refuse to call the new arena by its name, referring to it instead by its forebear’s nom de gridiron. Never mind old Mile High’s seats – which were narrow and hard – fans’ fidelity to the Broncos’ old stomping grounds borders on the religious. But that may just be because Invesco Field hasn’t had time to grow on them yet. Invesco’s seats are a full 2 inches wider, and while that may not sound like much, taken altogether that’s 2.4 miles of extra rump room.

Magness Arena

Home to the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team, the dark red decor of this collegiate venue never lets you forget exactly where you are. But Magness Arena hosts more than puck play, it’s also a suitable stage for a profusion of events, from rock ’n’ roll to convocation.

Within its three configurations, the best seats move around. For hockey games, a spot in the south end of the arena flaunts the power of the Pioneers, as they attack this side twice. Section 20, row 4, seats 1 to 10 or section 19, row 4, seats 12 to 18 are up close and personal, and easily accessible for even octogenarian alumni.

For performances in the showcase setup, a vanguard seat in section 1, row 2, seats 1 to 5 will get you above the railing and in front of the crowd. But more commonly, the stage lies to the north, and for those who don’t mind a near side view, section 2, row 4, seats 1 to 6 is the way to go. For shameless groupies who just can’t get enough of the act, section BB, row 1, seat 7 is the only possibility – be on the lookout for flying guitar picks!