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Colorado Convention Center
Exterior of the Colorado Convention Center, viewed from the intersection of 14th and Welton
Exterior of convention center
Address 700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202-3213
Location Downtown Denver
Owner City and County of Denver
Operator SMG
Opened June 23, 1990 (1990-06-23)
Expanded 2004
Construction cost
$7 million (original)
$340 million (2004 expansion)
Former names
Denver County Convention and Expo Center (planning/construction)
Banquet/ballroom 5,000 (Mile High Ballroom)
3,500 (Four Seasons Ballroom)
Theatre seating
5,000 (Bellco Theatre)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor 584,000 square feet (54,300 m2)
 • Breakout/meeting 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2)
 • Ballroom 94,656 square feet (8,793.8 m2)
Parking 1000 spaces
Public transit access Theatre District / Convention Center

The Colorado Convention Center (CCC) is a multi-purpose convention center located in Downtown Denver, Colorado. At 2,200,000 square feet (total space) it is currently the 12th largest convention center in the United States. It opened in June 1990; the first event being the NBA Draft for the Denver Nuggets. The convention center was expanded in 2004 to include several meeting rooms, two ballrooms and an indoor amphitheater. Since opening, the center hosts an average of around 400 events per year. Centrally located in the city, it has become one of Denver's many landmarks due to its architecture and is adjacent to the Denver Performing Arts Complex and is just blocks away from the Colorado State Capitol, Auraria Campus and the 16th Street Mall. The CCC is directly served via light rail by RTD's Theatre District–Convention Center station.


The Colorado Convention Center is owned by the City and County of Denver but is privately managed by SMG since 1994 The convention center opened in June 1990 with an exhibition hall, five meeting rooms and a main ballroom, totaling 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2).

2004 expansion

The Colorado Convention Center underwent a $340 million major expansion that was completed in December 2004. The expansion doubled the size of the facility to 2.2 million square feet (200,000 m2) that includes 584,000 square feet (54,300 m2) of exhibit space, 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of meeting rooms, and 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2) of ballroom space and included the 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre. The CCC also boasts an attached 1,000 space, 3-level parking structure as well as its own RTD (Regional Transportation District) Light Rail stop. The Hyatt Regency Denver, completed around the same time as the CCC expansion, is located across 14th Street from the Center and is one of Denver's Top Ten tallest buildings with 38 floors at a height of 489 feet (149 m). Across Welton Street, on the historic registry, is the Denver Athletic Club.

2020 to 2022 expansion

Starting in 2020 the convention center will undergo another of expansion. This will include the development of new flexible meeting and ballroom space of 85,000 square feet (7,900 m2), 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) of new pre-function and service space, and a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) outdoor terrace to be located on the roof of the existing convention center which will provide unobstructed views of both downtown and the mountains. In all, approximately 235,000 square feet (21,800 m2) of usable space will be added bringing the total usable floor area to around 2.5 million square feet (230,000 m2) when the project is completed in 2022. This would make the facility the seventh largest in the U.S. using today's convention center statistics. The expansion will be completely integrated into the existing CCC footprint and involves no outward expansion of the current facility.

Public art

A public art collection is featured throughout the interior and exterior of the convention center. The most visible work is I See What You Mean by Lawrence Argent, located just to the left of the main entrance on 14th Street. Erected in June 2005, the 40-foot (12 m)-tall polymer-concrete-clad sculpture is in the form of a lapis-lazuli-colored bear pushing its nose and paws against the glass facade, attempting to peer inside. Its installation was part of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs' Public Art Program. This collection is featured on many of Denver's cultural tours.


The CCC is bounded by 14th Street, Speer Boulevard, Champa Street and Welton Street. Stout Street runs underneath the building, as does the (RTD) Light Rail's Central Corridor. Currently the D, F and H lines run through this corridor's stop. The CCC is linked by a pedestrian bridge across Champa Street to the Denver Performing Arts Complex with its nine theatres. It is across Welton Street from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver are all located to the west across Speer Boulevard at the Auraria Campus. The Colorado Convention Center is central to many other downtown attractions including: the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Pavilions, the LoDo (Lower Downtown) district, the Pepsi Center- home of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Crush and the Colorado Mammoth, Coors Field- home of the Colorado Rockies, Denver's Downtown Aquarium, Elitch Gardens amusement park, and the Denver Botanic Gardens.


Main entrance of Colorado Convention Center
Exhibit Hall

The "Exhibit Hall" is the main facility at the convention center. The space consists of six individual halls spanning 90,000 to 100,000sqft. The space is primarily used for trade shows, conventions and product launches

Mile High Ballroom

The "Mile High Ballroom" is the largest ballroom in Denver and the convention center. The space can hold up to 3,000 guests for catered events and up to 5,000 for general admission. The ballroom features a state-of-the-art lighting system that provides the illusion of the night sky. The space is primarily used for banquets, conferences and intimate music events. The space was renovated in 2004 as part of the convention center's overall expansion plan. The venue's namesake derives from the Korbel Champagne Cellars.

Four Seasons Ballroom

The "Four Seasons Ballroom" was the newest ballroom, completed as part of the convention center's expansion plan. The space can hold up to 3,500 guests. The venue is primarily used for banquets and fundraising events. It is home to numerous graduation ceremonies for Denver area schools including: The Art Institute of Colorado, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Regis University and the University of Colorado Denver.

Frequent events

The CCC hosts hundreds of events each year from local community luncheons to national conventions. Some of the annual events include:

  • Graduation Ceremonies for Denver Public Schools, Auraria Campus Schools, Westwood College, The Art Institute of Colorado, University of Phoenix, and Regis University.

Bellco Theatre

Bellco Theatre
Exterior of Bellco Theatre. Viewed at night from the Speer and Stout intersection
Bellco Theatre night scene
Former names The Lecture Hall (2005-06)
Wells Fargo Theatre (2007-12)
Address 700 14th St
Denver, CO 80202-3213
Location Downtown Denver
Owner City and County of Denver
Operator SMG
Type Indoor amphitheatre
Capacity 5,000
Built 2002-04
Opened March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)

The Bellco Theatre (formerly the Wells Fargo Theatre and The Lecture Hall) is an indoor amphitheatre located in the rear of the Colorado Convention Center. The venue opened March 1, 2005, with its first event by Ron White on March 5, 2005. The amphitheater was a part of the convention center's 2004 expansion plan. Originally known as The Lecture Hall, the venue was renamed in 2007 after banking and financial services company Wells Fargo. The bank purchased naming rights in September 2006 for nearly US$3 million, for a five-year period; beginning January 1, 2007. Beginning November 29, 2012, it was renamed from Wells Fargo Theatre after Bellco Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in Colorado, purchased the naming rights in 2012.

Initially, the owner of the Paramount Theatre protested construction of the venue (along with the City Lights Pavilion) as he believed it would draw business away from the historic landmark. Since its opening, the venue has become one of the busiest mid-sized concert venues in Metro Denver, alongside the Fillmore Auditorium and 1stBank Center. It is primarily used for concerts desiring an "intimate" setting. The venue was named one of the "Top 100 Worldwide Theatres" by Pollstar in 2007 and 2011. The sculpture Indeterminate Line (2004) by Bernar Venet is located in front of the theatre.


  • The Theater at the Colorado Convention Center (Planning/construction)
  • The Lecture Hall (March 1, 2005—December 31, 2006)
  • Wells Fargo Theatre (January 1, 2007—November 28, 2012)
  • Bellco Theatre (November 29, 2012—Present)

Selected events

See also

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