–Williams Tower. The gold steeple has become an iconic Denver landmark
-Whispering Lip Sculptures in the south courtyard. Sure they sometimes don’t whisper but who cares – they’re cool.
-Student hockey Ticket Campout when anticipation turns to action before the start of hockey season.
-The West-facing Front-Range View from the CIBER field grandstands, especially colorful fall sunsets during fall soccer matches.
-The Athletic Department’s Gottesfeld Room feels like a church for athletics with massive stonework and vaulted ceilings – hosting various athletic awards, hockey buffets and special announcements.
-The new Hockey Locker Room. The stunning facility is state-of-the-art while honoring DU’s hockey culture, history and stars. (While not 20 years old, it felt like it took 20 years to get done.)
–Winter Hockey Nights at Ritchie Center. The smell of cinnamon, pucks hitting the boards and the familiar faces of the ticket takers and ushers, several who have been there as long as the Ritchie Center.
-The Three-Ring-Circus when Magness Arena, Hamilton gym and the El Polmar Natatorium all have events going on at the SAME time.
-Championship finals Sendoffs from the north side circle as the charter bus drives away with Championship hopefuls.
-Student Lacrosse Tailgate that brings an unmatched energy to the Campus. No football – but this is DU’s ‘Gameday’
Of course, none of this would be possible without the vision and determination of Dan Ritchie. He knew that athletics could be the anchor to begin the rebirth of DU.
So what did we miss? Tell us your favorite memory of the Ritchie center.