Stan Kroenke files plan for massive changes around Ball Arena

May 3, 2022, 12:55 PM

Stan Kroenke...

Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Stan Kroenke already had plans to redevelop the land Elitch Gardens sits on, now Kroenke has plans for a redevelopment project of the parking lots around Ball Arena, according to Thomas Gounley of Businessden.com.

The two projects, The River Mile and the Ball Arena redevelopment, could potentially expand downtown Denver by 40%, according to a “large development review” submitted by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to the city in March that Businessden.com wrote about in a story on Monday.

Kroenke is the owner of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Rams. By trade, he is a real estate developer. He owns Ball Arena, Elitch Gardens amusement park and the land around each.

The document did not reveal any changes to the 23-year-old Ball Arena. The plans also did not detail any training facilities for the Avalanche, who practice at Family Sports Center in Centennial—a glorified arcade, or the Nuggets, who practice inside of Ball Arena in a facility that was last updated when Raef LaFrentz played for the team.

The 55-acre site anchored by the area would be filled with millions of square feet of multi-use buildings that include housing, office and retail spaces. The plan also shows that about 10 acres would become a park or open space, directly west of Ball Arena. As well as a bike and foot path over Speer Boulevard.

Across the train tracks at Elitch Gardens, a 62-acre site that Kroenke bought in 2015, no visible work has begun on The River Mile which was rezoned to allow for construction in 2018, Businessden.com reports.

In order to conduct the massive construction project, the site will need to be rezoned, which gets approved by the Denver City Council. Businessden.com says a rezoning application could be submitted this summer and be voted on early in 2023.
But the plans are far off, with the full project taking 20 to 25 years to complete.

The trend both locally and around the country is to redevelop areas around stadiums, turning them into entertainment spaces and housing.

Around Colorado, Dick Monfort turned a parking lot across from Coors Field into McGregor Square, a block filled with a hotel, restaurants and office space. In Colorado Springs the minor-league Switchbacks have built housing adjacent to their downtown stadium. While the City of Denver has okayed redeveloping the parking lots south of Empower Field at Mile High Stadium.

The story states that one of the reasons for the project is the island feel to the arena surrounded by parking lots and that on non-event days there’s not much going on.


Josh Kroenke...

Will Petersen

Josh Kroenke on Altitude TV issue: No one more frustrated than me

"We're trying to figure out a resolution, because we want to show the best teams... and we have the Avs and the Nuggets," Josh Kroenke said

46 minutes ago

Cale Makar...

Will Petersen

Cale Makar back on ice, but admits injury isn’t getting “much better”

The Avs lost to the Kraken back on April 30, meaning Cale Makar's been working on this injury for five months, with not a lot of progress

3 days ago

Rantanen MacKinnon Makar...

Will Petersen

The Avalanche have three of the top-11 rated players in “NHL 24”

Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar is second in the NHL 24 ratings with a 95, while Nathan MacKinnon is No. 4 and Mikko Rantanen is No. 11

4 days ago

Valeri Nichushkin...

Jake Shapiro

Valeri Nichushkin speaks for first time since leaving Avs in playoffs

Valeri Nichushkin declined to give details on Thursday when he spoke publicly for the first time since leaving the Colorado Avalanche during the playoffs

11 days ago

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche...

Jake Shapiro

Nathan MacKinnon knew the Avs didn’t have the team to repeat

Nathan MacKinnon had a career-high 111 points as the Colorado Avalanche attempted to join the rare list of teams to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions

11 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog...

Jake Shapiro

Gabriel Landeskog will remain Avs captain even without playing

The last time Gabriel Landeskog suited up for the Colorado Avalanche the team took home Lord Stanley, he remains the leader of the team

12 days ago

Stan Kroenke files plan for massive changes around Ball Arena