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Budweiser Events Center

Loveland, CO

Home of the Colorado Eagles

3.9

3.8

Budweiser Events Center (map it)
5300 SE Frontage Rd
Loveland, CO 80538


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Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 7,200

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The Keg

Since their inception in 2003, the Colorado Eagles have flown high as one of the top franchises in the entire CHL (Central Hockey League).

Through six full seasons, the Eagles have won their Northwest division every year, including four conference championships and two league titles (2005, 2007). For the 2011 season, the Eagles joined the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) as an affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and St. John's IceCaps of the AHL.

The Eagles are constantly competitive and their arena, the Budweiser Events Center, is a top-notch stadium fitting of a top-notch team.

Budweiser Event Center, known to locals as "the Keg" due to its name and look of a keg on its side, is located just outside of Loveland, Colorado and it sits just east of I-25. The Keg's location gives people from the cities of Loveland, Greeley and Fort Collins an opportunity to attend games, as it's less than a half an hour drive from any of the three towns. Plus, it's only an hour from Denver and Cheyenne, in a perfect location for thousands of fans to get there from all around.

Budweiser is a multipurpose events complex, with the ability to host hockey, indoor football, basketball, rodeos, trade shows and more.

The arena, like most of the more contemporary stadia of our day, is visually attractive from any angle.

The Keg has three glass facades that surround the main entrance and it's easy to see how the stadium designers attempted to mimic the great entryway at the Pepsi Center down the road in Denver. Also, the use of brick is a nice touch - overall it's an attractive arena.

The main entry way invites fans inside on a cold day, and ticket offices are inside to accommodate fans if it happens to be snowing outside. Concourses are somewhat narrow but well lit and able to house the thousands of Eagles fans, with many stands ready to sell food, drinks and merchandise.

Also, Budweiser Events Center hosted the 2009 CHL All-Star Game, and more recently, the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game. The Keg also regularly hosts some of the biggest names in music and comedy.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Budweiser Events Center has, you guessed it, Budweiser and Bud Light on tap ($7.00 per pint) as well as Pabst and a full bar from which attendees can purchase a variety of mixed alcoholic drinks.

For those not wanting alcohol, the Keg also has Pepsi products on tap.

For food, Budweiser Events Center has the regular stadium fare; hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, nachos, popcorn and pizza, and they also have specialty treats like the loaded hot dogs, gourmet pretzels, carved sirloin and ice cream. When I attended in March, 2013, Nordy's Bar-B-Que greeted me once up the main stairs to the concourse, and it has a wonderful brisket sandwich with chips for $9.00.

There's also the "Bullhorn Lounge," a place for fans to host personal parties, dinners and more before selected events. There are a variety of menus to choose from and the Bullhorn Lounge can host up to 100 people.

Also, for club and suite ticket holders, there is the "Executive Club Restaurant" as well. The restaurant is located on the top floor of the Budweiser Events Center and offers beautiful Rocky Mountain views, has a full menu and a full service bar as well.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere at "the Keg" is fun, with a more professional feel than that of other smaller, college venues in Northern Colorado.

There are season ticket holders all around, a good mix of families and adults, with adults holding the distinct majority.

The video/stat board that hangs over center ice gives fans a chance to watch replays, as does the giant projector screen on the North end of the stadium. Plus, the team puts on contests for fans, like answering an Eagles trivia question, or the "kid challenge" that has toddlers suiting up like hockey players, taking a ride in a sled pulled by their dads and collecting plastic bottles.

Neighborhood    3

Yes, the Keg is centrally located between five major metropolitan areas, but that's also a downfall when talking about its neighborhood in closest proximity.

For those looking for sandwiches before the game, there's a Quizno's Sub on the Events Center grounds, and there's a Subway on the East side of I-25.

On I-25 and Crossroads Boulevard, the exit from the interstate that will get you to Budweiser Events Center, there's a Hooters, and if you continue East on Crossroads toward the stadium, there's a Nordy's Bar-B-Que on St. Cloud Dr.

Nordy's offers arguably the best Bar-B-Que in Colorado, with delicious gut-busting combos that can accommodate 1-5 people and the family meal includes a whole chicken, pork brisket, beef brisket, sausage links and many sides.

And for fans looking to do some shopping before or after games, the Shops at Centerra, a large collection of popular stores; including Macy's, Finish Line and Dick's Sporting Goods, are all only two miles south of Budweiser Event's Center. Plus there are a variety of great restaurants at the Shops at Centerra, like Rock Bottom Brewery and the Bent Fork.

Fans    5

Budweiser Events Center seats 7,200 fans (5,289 for hockey) and on the cold March night I attended, around 5,000 were in attendance, screaming and chanting on their Eagles.

In fact, Eagles fans sold out 181 consecutive games, every contest in their first four-and-a-half years of existence. There's even a waiting list currently for season tickets as Eagles hockey is a hot ticket.

The Eagles are a big deal in Northern Colorado, a vast majority of the fans in attendance wore a wide variety of Eagles jerseys and the fans are knowledgeable about their hockey. In fact, it's simply amazing the amount of jerseys you see in the stands. Seemingly everyone has a jersey on, with a variety of different styles and different years represented throughout the crowd.

During the game, a 4-3 loss, fans were uproarious, pushing their team to play better hockey, chanting, "Let's go Eagles! (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)" and "De-fense, De-fense!" They also love to ring cow bells, adding noise to the quaint arena and a home ice advantage.

Overall it was a great experience, one of the finest minor league venues I've personally attended.

Access    3

Since Budweiser Events Center is located just off of I-25, it's easy to access from all around.

If you're coming from the North, they suggest you get off at Exit 262, take the frontage road for two miles and you'll arrive at the Keg. You can also take College to Carpenter to Colorado No. 5 if you're coming from Colorado for a back route that takes about the same amount of time as taking I-25.

From the South, turn off the interstate at Crossroads Boulevard (Exit 259), take it East for one mile, turn left (third left off of the interstate) on Fairground Avenue and cruise into the Events Center's parking lots.

Something new I learned this time around, was that parking is not included in the price of tickets, as it says on their website. Be aware, parking is $6.00, and luckily I had enough change in the car to pay and park.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets to the Eagles games cost a mere $18, and since the arena is quainter than others, there isn't a bad seat in the house and there's an intimate feel for spectators.

Beer is a decent price for a sporting event, and there are different levels of food prices that can fit anyone's budget.

Extras    4

The Eagles Chicks, the dance team for the Eagles, dance four-deep behind the North end of the ice and others stand at the portal entrances cheering on the Eagles.

Fans can share a special announcement at an Eagles game for a $25 donation to the Colorado Eagles Foundation, and they run immediately as the first or second intermissions begin.

There's also the "chuck-a-puck" contest during the second intermission, in which fans can buy a puck for $1.00 and attempt to throw it into a bucket on the ice for free tickets. Plus, since 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the team, they handed out $10,000 worth of Eagles gear to fans throughout the course of the season.

Final Thoughts

Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on Twitter or Facebook.

Budweiser Event Center to host 2013 ECHL All Star Game

The ECHL announced in late February that the Colorado Eagles have been selected to host the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Good stuff happening in Loveland, CO.

For those planning on visiting the ASG, there is an Embassy Suites walking distance to the arena.

by megminard | Mar 04, 2012 04:34 PM

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The Colorado Eagles Fly High at Budweiser's Keg

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Since their inception in 2003, the Colorado Eagles have flown high as one of the top franchises in the entire CHL (Central Hockey League).

Through six full seasons, the Eagles have won their Northwest division every year, including four conference championships and two league titles (2005, 2007). For the 2011 season, the Eagles joined the East Coast Hockey League as an affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and St. John's IceCaps of the AHL.

The Eagles are constantly competitive and their arena, the Budweiser Events Center, is a top-notch stadium fitting of a top-notch team.

Budweiser Event Center, known to locals as "the Keg" due to its name and look of a keg on its side, is located just outside of Loveland, Colorado and it sits just east of I-25. The Keg's location gives people from the cities of Loveland, Greeley and Fort Collins an opportunity to attend games, as it's less than a half an hour drive from any of the three towns. Plus, it's only an hour from Denver and Cheyenne, in a perfect location for thousands of fans to get there from all around.

Budweiser is a multipurpose events complex, with the ability to host hockey, indoor football, basketball, rodeos, trade shows and more.

The arena, like most of the more contemporary stadia of our day, is visually attractive from any angle.

The Keg has three glass facades that surround the main entrance and it's easy to see how the stadium designers attempted to mimic the great entryway at the Pepsi Center down the road in Denver. Also, the use of brick was a nice touch - overall it's an attractive arena.

The concourses are big and well lit, with many stands ready to sell food, drinks and merchandise.

Also, Budweiser Events Center hosted the 2009 CHL All-Star Game and it regularly hosts the biggest names in music and comedy.

Budweiser Events Center

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

It is nice facility to have a hockey game but is just so crowded it sometimes hurts the fan experiances. Too many lines at restrooms and concession stands

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