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CU Events Center
"The CEC"
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Against Oregon in January 2020
CU Events Center is located in Colorado
CU Events Center
CU Events Center
Location in Colorado
CU Events Center is located in the United States
CU Events Center
CU Events Center
Location in the United States
Former names Coors Events Center (2008-18);
Coors Events/Conference
Center (1990-2008);
CU Events/Conference
Center (1979–1990)
Location 950 Regent Drive
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Coordinates 40°00′17″N 105°15′38″W / 40.0047°N 105.2606°W / 40.0047; -105.2606
Owner University of Colorado
Operator University of Colorado
Capacity 11,064
Surface Hardwood
Construction
Broke ground October 1977
Opened November 8, 1979
42 years ago
Construction cost $7,579,756
($22.3 million in 20182018)
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Structural engineer John A. Martin
& Associates
Tenants
Colorado Buffaloes (Basketball & Volleyball)

The CU Events Center is an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena in the western United States, on the main campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Opened 42 years ago in 1979, it is home to the Colorado Buffaloes men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball of the Pac-12 Conference.

The building is an eight-sided concrete structure, with three levels: arena floor, service level, and the concourse level. Single-tiered inside, it replaced the Balch Fieldhouse, the current home of the indoor track and field team located directly adjacent to Folsom Field. The approximate elevation at street level is 5,370 feet (1,640 m) above sea level.

History

The venue was initially called the CU Events/Conference Center and was renamed to the Coors Events/Conference Center in September 1990 after the Coors family, in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Adolph Coors Foundation. In 2008 with the addition of the basketball offices to the building on the service level, the "Conference" was removed from the name as there were no longer conference rooms in the building. Although the naming agreement with the Coors Foundation had long expired, the Coors name remained on the building until 2018, when it was renamed the CU Events Center. At the time, the CU athletic department announced it was actively seeking a new naming rights partner.

On December 9, 1981, the Grateful Dead played their last Boulder show at the then-named "CUC."

It is the highest indoor arena in the Pac-12 Conference, approximately 600 feet (180 m) above the Huntsman Center at Utah. It is one of only two basketball arenas in a major conference that uses roof-mounted retractable goals: the other arena that also is equipped with this style of basket is Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke.

Improvements

The most dramatic changes since the building has been opened have come since 2008. After the 2007-08 basketball seasons, the CEC underwent a $200,000 "Floor Lift" with a permanent maple surface was installed that has technology to reduce injuries and fatigue.

In April 2008, the men's and women's basketball offices were relocated to the CEC from Folsom Field second level where the conference rooms were previously located.

In the summer of 2010, two new video boards were installed in the southwest and northeast corners. With the new video boards and as part of the new practice facility, a new state-of-the-art production facility was built for the department's award-winning BuffVision office. The production room controls the video boards at both the Coors Events Center and Folsom Field.

A new 44,000-square-foot (4,100 m2) practice facility was opened in August 2011 for volleyball and basketball. The building was just the second athletic facility in the nation and third on CU's campus to earn LEED Platinum Certification, the highest possible by the internationally recognized system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

In August 2013, a video room for the men's and women's basketball teams was opened for the first time, giving both teams additional meeting space and the ability to watch film more efficiently.

In February 2014, a new weight room was finished in the remaining space on the second level where the conference rooms were once located, adjacent to the basketball offices that were relocated in 2008.

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