McNichols Sports Arena

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McNichols Sports Arena
Location Denver, Colorado
Opened August 22, 1975
Closed September 29, 1999
Demolished January 24, 2000
Other Names n/a
Tenants Denver Nuggets (1975-1999)
Denver Spurs (1975-1976)
Colorado Rockies (1976-1982)
Colorado Avalanche (1995-1999)

McNichols Sports Arena (also known as Big Mac) was an indoor arena located in Denver, Colorado, adjacent to Mile High Stadium. It was home to a number of teams between the time it opened and was closed in 1999, most notably the ABA/NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.

The arena was named after Denver mayor William H. McNichols, Jr., who served from 1968 to 1983. The first event hosted there was a sold-out Lawrence Welk concert. The final pro sports contest hosted in the arena was a Colorado Avalanche playoff game on June 1, 1999. McNichols closed the following September after the Nuggets and Avalanche moved to the Pepsi Center and was demolished in 2000 to make space for a parking lot surrounding Mile High.

List of credited publications

League Date/Season Team(s) Type
American Basketball Association January 27, 1976 Denver Nuggets vs. ABA All-Stars All-Star Game Program
1975-76 Denver Nuggets vs. Kentucky Colonels Playoff Program
National Basketball Association 1977-78 Denver Nuggets Program 1 2
1977-78 Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Playoff Program
1978-79 Denver Nuggets Program
1980-81 Denver Nuggets Program
January 29, 1984 Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference All-Star Game Program
1987-88 Denver Nuggets Program
National Hockey League September 20, 1989 Los Angeles Kings vs. Quebec Nordiques Program
College basketball March 31 & April 2, 1990 1990 Final Four Program
National Hockey League October 6, 1995 Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings Program
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers Stanley Cup Finals Program
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Program
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Playoff Program
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings Playoff Program

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