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Budweiser Events Center

Loveland, CO

Home of the Colorado Eagles

4.1

3.8

Budweiser Events Center (map it)
5290 Arena Cir
Loveland, CO 80538


Colorado Eagles website

Budweiser Events Center website

Year Opened: 2003

Capacity: 5,289

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Hockey Night in NoCo

The Colorado Eagles are part of the Pacific Division of the ECHL. They play their home games in the beautiful Budweiser Events Center in Northern Colorado (NoCo).

The Eagles began their play in the now defunct CHL (Central Hockey League) in 2003 and home games were sold out for eight plus years. That’s an amazing streak. Beginning in the 2011 season, the Eagles joined the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) as an affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and the St. John's IceCaps of the AHL (American Hockey League). In 2014, the Calgary Flames reached a one-year agreement with the Colorado Eagles.

The Budweiser Events Center is located in Loveland, CO about an hour’s drive from both Denver, CO and Cheyenne, WY. It has hosted the 2009 CHL All-Star Game, and more recently, the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game.

It is also home to the Indoor Football League Colorado Ice, as well as many other top name shows, concerts, and entertainment. It is part of a bigger complex called The Ranch – Larimer County Fairgrounds, a 244-acre site.

Attending an Eagles game is always a fun time with the loyal, passionate fans and a consistently good hockey team that has been in the playoffs all of their existing years and won the championship - the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup - twice in their years in the CHL.

4.1

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    5

There's a grand assortment of food and beverages at the Budweiser Events Center for an Eagles game. There are some permanent concessions and others provided by semi-permanent carts. The prices are on par with other ECHL venues and the myriad of selections are as follows:

• Capones (kettle corn, chocolate drizzled fruit kabobs, frozen cheesecake on a stick) $5-$6

• Bavarian (soft pretzels) $5

• Nordy's Bar-b-que (savory pork and brisket sandwiches and baskets) $9

• Crepes (several offerings made right in front of you) $8.75

• Kostas (gyros and falafel, hummus, baklava) $5-$7

• Top Dog (Foot Long, Messy, Hot Hot Hot, and NoCo hot dogs, brats, and nachos) $5.50 - $7. There is a value meal here for $5 which includes a plain dog, bag of chips, and a soda.

• Dole Whip (soft serve vanilla and pineapple whip, root beer float) $5 - $7

• Sagebrush Grill (burgers, waffle fries, corn dogs, chicken tenders) $4 - $9

• Marco's pizza (pizza, pepperoni rolls, cheesy bread) $6 - $8. A kiddie slice is $3.

• Beers (Budweiser, of course). Also offered are Michelob, Coors, Corona, Shock Top, Goose Island, and more)

Always a pleasure to see is beers from local breweries: Grimm Brothers Brewery (Loveland), Epic Brewing Company (Denver), High Hops (Windsor), Odell Brewing (Ft Collins) $5 - $10.50. I recommend the High Hops though the others are all fine choices.

Wine and mixed drinks are for sale. Pepsi is the soda provider and water, lemonade, coffee and other non alcoholic drinks are available.

A bar - Water Valley "Tap Into the Good Life" is located on the concourse a little to the right when entering the venue. A restaurant - the Ranch Bar & Grill is on the 4th floor suite level and features a collection of unique menu items highlighting both local and regional favorites. It is recommended to make reservations ahead of time if planning on visiting this restaurant.

Outside food and drink are not allowed to be brought into the venue.

Atmosphere    4

The Budweiser Events Center rests in Northern Colorado along the Front Range near Fort Collins, CO. As you do an about turn from the main entranceway you will behold one of the most majestic views of the Rocky Mountains. Even better are the views at sunset.

Being in NoCo (Northern Colorado), it can get very cold and WINDY. Check the weather channel, including the wind velocity, before heading to the game to determine which outerwear should be brought just to get you from the parking lot to the building.

The concourse is a bit small but except around the main entryway, pedestrian flow around the concourse is fluid. Though, you don't really want to miss the things that are offered in the main entryway (customer service desk to pick up game notes and rosters, some of the local brew concessions, Nordy's, the souvenir area, etc.) so bear with the traffic flow as it's worth bumping elbows with fellow fans.

The souvenir area on the concourse is awkward. All the souvenirs (caps, jerseys, t-shirts, stuffed animals, pucks, etc.) are behind a counter. You can't touch any of the items (except trinkets on the counter top) or easily see the prices without assistance from an Eagles rep. I prefer the store type souvenir stands and shops. There is a team store nearby, next to the Best Buy at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. Perhaps that shop is a more traditional one.

There is one bowl of seating with a set of suites on top. The seats are comfortable with average leg room. The rows only go up to 18 so no matter where you sit you'll have a decent view of the action on the ice. Center ice, facing the benches and over the glass is section E, rows 11 or above. The venue is comfortably warm so feel free to take off those outer layers of coats, jackets, scarves and gloves and enjoy the game.

There is one center hung, four sided scoreboard showing the game, the score, SOG, and current penalty info, etc. There are two video screens on one end of the ice that show advertisements, group names being welcomed, and some game action.

The music is blasted at every break in the action and is too loud to have a conversation with your neighbor. The only silent time is when the players are in action on the ice. The music is fine; it's just too loud. The Eagles organization does encourage the use of cow bells which is quite refreshing. Bring yours when you attend a game. There is the 'Make some McAlister Deli power play' and the 'Stuft a Burger Bar penalty kill' noise encouragement announced as is similarly heard at most minor league hockey arenas.

There are cheerleaders, which don't feel quite right to me at a hockey game, but little girls adore them and the guys like the view so it works for the Eagles.

One downside is the lights are shut off and/or dimmed during the introduction and between periods so one cannot see the players or events happening on the ice. This is not uncommon in minor league hockey. It still doesn't get my vote.

Neighborhood    4

For those traveling north from Denver, Johnson's Corner is just a few miles before you get to Loveland, off I-25. This place (truck stop/travel plaza) offers comfort food, breakfast all day/all night, and they are known for their sticky buns (cinnamon rolls).

Less than a mile away from the Budweiser Events Center are several restaurants available for a pregame meal: Nordy's BBQ, The Boot Grill, Hooters, and the Palomino Mexican Restaurant. If shopping is your thing, within two to three miles driving distance are several shopping centers: The Promenade Shops at Centerra, the Outlets at Loveland, and Centerra Marketplace. Adjacent to the Promenade Shops at Centerra is a park called Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra. It features Zimbabwean stone sculptures along a 1.5 mile paved or gravel trail that also includes ponds, wildlife, trees, shrubs, ornamental grass, and benches. I recommend taking a stroll through this unique garden area.

For those outdoor enthusiasts, the Rocky Mountain National Park is a little over 30 miles west of the hockey rink.

For hotels in the area, there is an Embassy Suites across the parking lot of the Budweiser Events Center. There's a Holiday Inn Express and a Candlewood Suites across the highway. I usually stay at the Best Western one exit south on I-25.

There's an entertainment venue across the street called The Summit. This offers bowling, laser tag, video arcade, and the Crossroads Tavern and Grille (sports bar and restaurant). It's a great place to bring the family before an Eagles game or hang out with friends after the game. It also provides a shuttle to some Eagles games.

Fans    4

The fans know each other and many have been season ticket holders since the beginning of the Eagles. There is a group of fans with Eagles jerseys that state Cell Block E on the back. These fans sit in section E and are in attendance at all home games.

All fans have hockey etiquette and for the most part do not leave or enter the seating area while the puck is in play. They use traditional hockey chants regarding the opposing team's players yet applaud when an injured opposing team player makes it back to his feet.

There is a third period 'minute of noise' where every fan stands and cheers, yells, and makes noise the entire first minute regardless of how many stoppages.

Cow bells are used and, fortunately, are not used in excess so you won't have a headache after leaving the game.

Access    4

It's easy to get to the Budweiser Events Center as it is right off I-25. Orange cones and parking attendants assist with where to park. Getting out is another story as it takes some time for the masses to funnel out of the parking lot.

There is plenty of parking and it costs $6 for the privilege. I did not notice any public transportation options except for the shuttle from The Summit.

The security/gate check is quick and painless and it's done inside so fans don't have to wait in the cold and WIND outside. Nice!

The closest airport is Denver International Airport (DIA) about 45 miles southeast.

Bathrooms are plenty and clean. There can be lines between periods and after the game but they are not too bad.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets range from $16 - $28 plus a $2 service fee and it seems those prices are similar to other ECHL teams. Prices of concessions are respectable. It's a fun time at an Eagles game and it is worth the money spent.

Extras    4

A program is handed out when entering the game. Game notes which include player's names and stats are available at the guest services stand straight and to the left when entering.

Red sandstones are installed throughout the Budweiser Events Center on columns and concession facades. These sandstones were originally a part of the Old Courthouse in Ft Collins and provide a little local history to the arena.

There are many local breweries in the area; always a plus in my book.

Championship banners are hung from the rafters including the two Miron Presidents' Cup banners.

Final Thoughts

Make a day of it in Loveland, CO. Do a little shopping, walk the trail around Chapungu Sculpture Park, visit High Hops and/or other local breweries, get a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants and then head to the Budweiser Events Center to watch an exciting Eagles hockey game.

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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Crowd Reviews

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

The Keg

Total Score: 3.86

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

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.

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