It's rare to find 55-acres under visionary ownership in a city with such potential. This site embraces the goals outlined in community-led, adopted plans by the city, notably the Denver Downtown Area Plan Amendment and Central Platte Valley Auraria Standards and Guidelines, including recognizing the pressing need for affordable housing. As a result, we have the potential to generate a truly unique regional destination characterized as mixed-use neighborhood made accessible to benefit not just the surrounding communities, but the entire city.
Ball Arena will soon be at the intersection of two major connections through downtown Denver. If our infrastructure of the past was focused on moving drivers quickly into and out of the city, the future will focus on all modes of travel with an emphasis on mixed use, livable streets and places that create a more livable Downtown.
KSE is undertaking an ambitious sustainability program for Ball Arena which will continue to evolve through a development that prioritizes mixed mobility, water managment, embodied carbon, and health outcomes for the community.
From the Auraria Campus to Jefferson Park, from Union Station to Sun Valley, from LoDo to Lincoln Park; this property will be a connector for currently disparate downtown neighborhoods through extensive public realm and mixed mobility infrastructure.
KSE seeks to create a vibrant public realm and park system that offers new recreation opportunities not currently available in Downtown Denver, with focus on the major downtown green space we currently lack. A variety of parcel types, mixed-use buildings, a lower-scale and actionable Phase 1, and partnerships with the AHEC campus will create a building program that compliments The River Mile and Downtown Denver as a whole.
The KSE-Ball Arena Redevelopment must acknowledge the needs of the nearby neighborhoods - notably affordable housing - and complement them, not compete with them. Offering amazing connections across Speer Boulevard, Auraria Parkway and the CML/Light Rail line will inspire, promote innovation and solidify our amazing downtown community.
The pedestrian and bike crossing over Speer Blvd will be the spark that ignites the development at the north end of the site. This crossing connects the site to downtown, creates a safe crossing for event guests and creates a new destination in downtown Denver.
The Arena addition and the Wynkoop Crossing will jump start the development at the north end creating exciting partnerships and unique venue opportunities. The Empower Field at Mile High Station will trigger transit oriented development that could support student housing and other mixed uses.
There is no park in Downtown Denver like the Signature park located in the middle of the development. This park will support programmed events and be a community asset that will generate amazing development opportunities.
The CML creates an enormous barrier for both The River Mile and the Ball Arena site. The creation of multiple crossings over the rail lines will not only connect the two most exciting new neighborhoods in Denver but will complete downtown Denver.
The KSE-Ball Arena Redevelopment site is positioned at the nexus of local, district, city, and regional elements with the potential to make and complete extraordinary connections.
With all three stadiums in the Downtown area, serving the diverse communities around it, this site is the integral stitch to what could be an exciting and defining “Sports Mile” in Denver. Imagine connecting all three venues with urban vibrancy, retail activity, and new public amenities.
The KSE-Ball Arena Redevelopment will include over twenty percent of the land area dedicated to parks and open spaces. The plan will create a rich diversity of parks for the downtown area and make critical bicycle and pedestrian connections across and over current physical barriers that have previously landlocked the site (the CML, Speer Boulevard, and Aria Parkway).
The vision will be the result of opportunistic constraints and forces - all of which will influence the development and create a distinctive and authentic neighborhood.
The KSE-Ball Arena Redevelopment at full buildout will serve as a connector of neighborhoods by stitching together isolated areas of the City and healing physical barriers by emphasizing connectivity, inclusivity, and access for all.
With enhanced connections including the Speer Bridge Crossing, Pedestrian Bridges, and a variety of open spaces, a mixed-use neighborhood is positioned to flourish and resemble the best practices and thinking by the City and the broader community.
Approximately 10-acres are dedicated towards open spaces around Ball Arena, with an additional 2.8-acres of improvements off-site, specifically along the Cherry Creek Trail. These assumptions to not include alleys or mews, nor do they include bridges.
As the owner of the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rapids (MLS), and Colorado Mammoth (NLL), we're committed to providing world-class sports and entertainment for both live and broadcast audiences. We will welcome fans into our venues as family, providing respect and care from the purchuse of a ticket to the drive home. We will celebrate the best in sport and entertainment by recognizing the diversity and human spirit around us, and by working within our community to improve the lives of all those within the community.