DENVER — It was a historic night at 20th and Blake streets in lower downtown Denver on Saturday night as more than 35,000 fans filled the stands for the first hockey game at Coors Field.
The University of Denver and Colorado College squared off in the “Battle on Blake.” The bitter rivals drew large student sections that turned Coors Field into a college-like atmosphere.
“There’s so many more students than would come to a regular hockey game,” a DU student said. “It’s awesome.”
“Our student section is here. They’re loud and proud and we’re ready to win,” a CC student said.
The attendance of 35,144 was a DU athletics record. The clear skies and 60-degree temperatures made for a night better suited for baseball, but fans weren’t complaining.
“I couldn’t believe it was going to be 65 degrees and we’re going to play ice hockey,” a DU student said.
“It’s so beautiful outdoors. I can see the moon right now. It’s awesome,” a CC student added.
The action on the ice was just as great as the atmosphere at the stadium. The 10th-ranked Pioneers won, 4-1.
The Avalanche will host the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field on Feb. 27 as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.