A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019.EXPAND
A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019.
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Sixteen of Denver's Biggest Venues Ranked by Size

Last week, AEG announced a new music venue, the Mission Ballroom, slated to open in summer of 2019. The entertainment giant promises state-of-the-art sound, room for 2,200 to 3,950 fans, and the best concert-going experience in Denver. Scratch that: in the world. It's a tall order, particularly in a city with so many excellent medium- and large-sized venues. Here are sixteen of the city's spots that can hold 1,000 people or more.

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Boulder Theater
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Boulder Theater
Capacity: 1,000

The art deco theater, which was built in 1906, can accommodate up to 1,000 people standing or 850 seated. The historic theater's schedule is so well-rounded, there really is something for everyone. An eclectic mix of funk, jazz, folk, hip-hop and rock performances and dynamic high-concept shows from local and national artists help fill Boulder's nights.

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Five Points.EXPAND
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Five Points.
Nicki Lamson

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Capacity: 1,000

Since opening fifteen years ago, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom has been a hub for music in Five Points, bringing in electronica, hip-hop, jam bands, DJs, bluegrass acts and the unholy alliance of all that mashed up together, with other types of artists peppering the calendar.

Cradle of Filth performed at Summit Music Hall on April 16.EXPAND
Cradle of Filth performed at Summit Music Hall on April 16.
Brandon Thrift

Summit Music Hall
Capacity: 1,100

After running the Summit Music Hall for nearly a decade, the folks at independent promoter Soda Jerk Presents handed over booking and operations of this venue (as well as the 450-capacity Marquis Theater) to Live Nation earlier this year. While Summit has long brought in punk, rock and metal acts, these days it's also hosting more hip-hop and electronic artists as well as the occasional comedian.

Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics perform at the Gothic Theatre.EXPAND
Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics perform at the Gothic Theatre.
Brandon Marshall

Gothic Theatre
Capacity: 1,100

After a long run as a movie house, the Gothic Theatre opened as a music venue in the late ’90s and has hosted a mix of national and local bands ever since. In early 2013, AEG Presents took over both the booking and the operation of the venue.

Ty Segall performed at the Ogden Theatre on April 5.EXPAND
Ty Segall performed at the Ogden Theatre on April 5.
Brandon Thrift

Ogden Theatre
Capacity: 1,600

Also once a movie house, the century-old Ogden Theatre has hosted live music since Doug Kauffman of Nobody in Particular Presents turned it into a venue in the early ’90s. In recent years, the place, which is now operated by AEG Presents, has received a major upgrade, including new flooring, a new sound system and a wraparound balcony, making it one of Denver's hottest venues for national acts.

Nightwish performed at the Paramount Theatre on April 3, 2018.EXPAND
Nightwish performed at the Paramount Theatre on April 3, 2018.
Brandon Marshall

Paramount Theatre
Capacity: 1,870

The Paramount Theatre, which was built downtown by Temple Buell in 1930, had a long run as a movie house before becoming more of a home for national touring bands and comedians. While Kroenke Sports & Entertainment now owns the building, AEG, Live Nation, Emporium Presents and other promoters book shows there.

View from VIP box seats at the Fillmore Auditorium.
View from VIP box seats at the Fillmore Auditorium.

Fillmore Auditorium
Capacity: 3,700

Once home of Mammoth Gardens and Mammoth Events Center, the Fillmore Auditorium opened in 1999 after a multimillion-dollar renovation modeled after Bill Graham’s famous Fillmore in San Francisco. Operated by Live Nation, the Fillmore has hosted a variety of renowned music acts, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Coldplay.

Meghan Trainor at the Bellco Theatre.
Meghan Trainor at the Bellco Theatre.
Miles Chrisinger

Bellco Theatre
Capacity: 5,000

The Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center offers stunning acoustics for everything from lectures, comedy events and classical-music events to concerts spanning genres. Upcoming shows include Ashanti and Ja Rule, Maluma, Gerardo Ortiz and Pancho Barraza.

1STBANK Center
1STBANK Center
Brandon Marshall

1STBANK Center
Capacity: 6,500

While 1STBANK Center in Broomfield can hold up 6,500 people, the venue can accommodate a smaller crowd by moving the stage forward. Operated by Peak Entertainment (a partnership between AEG Presents and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment), the venue has brought in acts like Radiohead, the Killers, My Morning Jacket and LCD Soundsystem.

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Levitt Pavilion Denver
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Levitt Pavilion Denver
Capacity: 7,500

Levitt Pavilion Denver opened its outdoor amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park last July and brought in an assortment of local and touring acts. This year there will be fifty free family-friendly concerts as well as ticketed events for big names like YES, Alan Parsons Project and Robert Earl Keen, and the co-headlining bill of War and Tower of Power.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre.EXPAND
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Brandon Thrift

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Capacity: 9,500

There are many excellent things about Red Rocks Amphitheatre, one of the most striking places in the world to see a concert outdoors. But the venue just keeps getting better, with an expanded concert season that gives music lovers even more opportunities to enjoy their favorite acts in a spectacular natural setting. While AEG Presents books a majority of the acts here, Live Nation and other promoters also bring in shows.

Green Day performing at Fiddler's Green on August 9, 2017.
Green Day performing at Fiddler's Green on August 9, 2017.
Brandon Marshall

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Capacity: 18,000

Since opening three decades ago, this Greenwood Village venue has gone through a few name changes, including Coors Amphitheatre and Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. In 2014, AEG Presents took the venue over from Live Nation and spent $6 million on renovations that updated everything from the sound system to the concession stands.


Pepsi Center
Capacity: 18,000

Yes, the Pepsi Center is home to the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, but the 18,000-seat arena, which is owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, is also the place to see music megastars — from legends who've been touring the globe for decades, like the Who and U2, to artists who've moved up in the ranks over the years, like Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Lorde.

Phish performing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 1, 2017.
Phish performing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 1, 2017.
Brandon Marshall

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Capacity: 27,000

With 22 soccer fields surrounding a 27,000-seat stadium, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is the largest soccer complex in the United States. Phish heads are especially familiar with the venue, which hosts the jam band’s annual Labor Day weekend festivities. Dick's was also home to the now-defunct Colorado Mile High Music Festival.

Coors Field
Coors Field
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Coors Field
Capacity: 50,398

Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, hosts occasional concerts — massive acts hitting the Mile High City that have a huge draw. Since outdoor-concert season and baseball season are parallel, shows only take place when the home team's on the road, and those dates have been few and far between. The venue has announced two concerts for 2018: the Eagles' tour with Jimmy Buffet, and a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard and Journey.

Metallica fans at Mile High Stadium.
Metallica fans at Mile High Stadium.
Miles Chrisinger

Mile High Stadium
Capacity: 76,125

Whether you call it Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Sports Authority Stadium, Mile High, Mile High Stadium or some other name, the Denver Broncos' turf side-hustles as the largest concert venue in the metro area. It attracts the biggest names of today and yesterday: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Taylor Swift and more. While sitting in the nosebleed section can make the artists on stage look like ants (and that's for people with 20/20 vision), massive screens bring even the farthest fans up close and personal with the acts.

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