Concerts

Sixteen of Denver's Biggest Venues Ranked by Size

A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019.
A sketch of the Mission Ballroom, AEG's newest venue, slated to open in summer 2019. Courtesy of AEG

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click to enlarge Nightwish performed at the Paramount Theatre on April 3, 2018. - BRANDON MARSHALL
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.

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.

click to enlarge Meghan Trainor at the Bellco Theatre. - MILES CHRISINGER
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.


click to enlarge 1STBANK Center - BRANDON MARSHALL
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.

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.

click to enlarge Red Rocks Amphitheatre. - BRANDON THRIFT
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.

click to enlarge Green Day performing at Fiddler's Green on August 9, 2017. - BRANDON MARSHALL
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.

click to enlarge Phish performing at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 1, 2017. - BRANDON MARSHALL
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
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.

click to enlarge Metallica fans at Mile High Stadium. - MILES CHRISINGER
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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