Nuggets, Pepsi Center Top USA Today
Fan Experience Survey
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DENVER, CO, April 13 – The Denver Nuggets are having a fantastic week.
Two days after making the NBA playoffs for a second consecutive year, the Denver Nuggets and Pepsi Center have been named the best arena and fan value in a ranking by USA Today.
USA Today writer Greg Boeck secretly surveyed all 30 teams and 29 buildings in the NBA, ranking the fan experience in a number of areas: seating accounted for 40% of the grade, with parking, fan involvement, entertainment, and concessions each accounting for 15% of the total. Pepsi Center and the Nuggets scored 4.16 of a possible 6.0.
Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse and the Indiana Pacers tied for second place with Philadelphia’s 76ers and Wachovia Center. The Phoenix Suns and America West Arena along with the Detroit Pistons and home court The Palace at Auburn Hills rounded out the Top 5.
“Our fans mean the world to Stan Kroenke and it is important to him and our organization that we make each game a special experience each night. This is a terrific honor for the people who work both on and off the court,” Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said.
“I felt like the calendar had been turned back to the 1980s in terms of what I got for my money,” Boeck wrote of his Denver visit. Boeck bought the ticket closest to $50 in each of the NBA venues he visited to compare experiences. Pepsi Center received high marks for its seat comfort, parking and concessions, with the Nuggets’ in-game entertainment also scoring high.
“Each of our employees works to ensure the best possible experience for our customers and this recognition honors them,” Kroenke Sports executive vice president Paul Andrews said. “And, it’s a tribute to the best fans in America – Colorado’s fans are the reason we are in this position and we don’t ever forget that.”
Indeed, Nuggets fans were part of the team’s success in the survey. Boeck reported a “continual buzz in the building” during his January visit.