Coors Events Center History
The Coors Events Center is located just north of the Kittredge student housing complex on the Boulder campus and is home to the University of Colorado men's and women's basketball teams since 1979, and the volleyball program since 1988. Originally called the CU Events/Conference Center, the arena was renamed in September 1990 in honor of a $5 million gift from the Adolph Coors Foundation. The Events Center is named after the Coors family in recognition of this gift and their generous support of the university.
The $7.7 million facility was financed by a combination of funds. State legislative appropriation, federal grants, private contributions and university funds all played a major part in the facility's construction revenue. The Coors Events Center (CEC) combines modern facilities with beauty, comfort and flexibility. The Center's versatility provides an ideal location for sporting events, seminars, meetings, concerts, trade shows and a myriad of other activities. It is truly multi-purpose in nature and design.
There are three levels to the Events Center. The arena floor, service level, occupies 8,000 square feet, while the street level takes up 15,000 square feet and houses one large conference room (on the second level). The concourse level contains the main entrances, concession areas, ticket offices and a first-aid room.
The Events Center seats 11,064 for basketball and offers a great view from any seat. The largest crowd was 11,363 (standing room only) and featured a men's basketball game between CU/Kansas, Jan. 22, 2001 (KU, 85-75). Colorado's basketball and volleyball programs have compiled a home record of 929-395 (.702) since 1979.
The most dramatic changes in the 33-year history of the CEC have taken place in the last five years. In August 2011, a 44,000 square foot practice facility was dedicated. CU made the commitment to enhance the basketball program by reconfiguring the second level of the CEC for a basketball operations center.
The headquarters for CU Basketball, completed in April 2008, allows the Buffs' coaches, student-athletes and staff more convenient access to the playing floor, practice gym, locker rooms, weight room and sports medicine facilities within the Events Center.
In 2008 the CEC underwent a $200,000 "Floor Lift" as a permanent maple surface was installed that has energy returned technology that reduces injuries and fatigue. The high grade maple features the signature Buffalo on Russell "Sox" Walseth Court. Walseth served as CU's men's basketball coach from 1957-76, posting the most wins of any coach in program history (261). Additionally, Walseth served as CU's women's basketball coach from 1980-83, totaling a 77-21 mark.
The $10.8 million practice facility, built with private funding, opened in August 2011 adding two oversized basketball/volleyball courts that match the Coors Events Center main floor, a new women's basketball locker room, additional coaches offices, and meeting rooms. The facility is attached to the north side of the Coors Events Center allowing CU basketball/volleyball student-athletes greater access better flexibility in practice and workout scheduling.
The structure matches the campus architectural Charles Klauder theme, a northern Italian, rural Tuscany influence, with varicolored sandstone and red-tiled roofs to match the other 200-plus buildings on the CU-Boulder campus.
The practice facility was given LEED Platinum Certification, the highest possible by the internationally recognized system developed by the US Green Building Council. As of the summer 2011, 557 buildings in the world have achieved it, 473 in the United States. Of the 473 in the U.S., only 31 other buildings in all of higher education nationwide have met the standard, and this is the second athletic facility beside's Florida's west stadium expansion.
In May 2012, the volleyball and basketball practice facility received a LEED platinum rating -- the highest designation -- from the United States Green Building Council. It is the first LEED-certified athletic facility on the CU-Boulder campus and one of only two platinum-rated athletic facilities in the Pac-12. LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable design and construction.
"This facility promotes the success of our student athletes and programs and provides an addition to the Coors Events Center that improves the structure's architectural integration with the campus," said Paul Leef, campus architect and director of the Planning, Design and Construction office. "It also expands our portfolio of high-performance facilities with a new building type and challenges like not being able to introduce a lot of windows for natural light. Still, we were able to achieve the highest LEED rating."
The practice facility is estimated to be 40 percent more energy efficient and 30 percent more water efficient than recent buildings of similar size and function.
Its features include rooftop solar panels that are capable of providing 10 to 12 percent of the building's electricity. The structure is cooled with an evaporative system that uses less energy than traditional mechanical systems. The facility also is outfitted with low-flow water fixtures, high-performance insulation and windows, efficient lighting, and lighting and heating controls that are key to optimizing energy savings.
"We have recently built sustainable and very energy-efficient academic, research, residential and dining spaces," said Moe Tabrizi, campus sustainability director. "The athletic facility adds to the sustainability learning opportunities and experiences for our students throughout campus, no matter where they are."
The CEC is within walking distance from all points of campus, and parking for Colorado basketball games is free to the public in the parking garage located just north of the arena. The southwest entrance faces the majestic flatirons, the mountains located west of campus, providing Colorado fans with one of most beautiful views in all of collegiate athletics when they arrive to the game. Coors has hosted its share of concerts. Bob Dylan, U2, Stevie Wonder and Jethro Tull are just some of the artists who have taken the stage in the Events Center, providing an indoor venue for CU students and Boulder residents equipped to attract some of the best entertainers in the World.
Coors Events Center Facts
Year Opened: 1979
First Game: Nov. 8, 1979, men's bb (CU vs. USSR)
Seating Capacity: 11,064
CU Men's BB Record: 345-155 (.690)
CU Women's BB Record: 367-126 (.744)
CU Volleyball Record: 217-114 (.656)
Largest Crowd: 11,363 Jan. 22, 2001 (CU vs. Kansas, men's basketball)
Coors Events Center
950 Regent Drive
Boulder, CO 80309