On Tuesday, Denver men’s basketball announced the move from Magness Arena to Hamilton Gym for the balance of the season. Hamilton Gym has a capacity of 2,000 fans – well above the current crowds for men’s basketball of 800-1,200 spectators. This venue decision applies to the remaining three games and has not been decided as a long-term option for the future of men’s hoops.
According to three sources, this move was requested by the team and coaches who have gone 3-0 this season when playing at Hamilton Gym. One source close to the team said that Hamilton Gym provided a better playing environment, “Just look at the Omaha game (91-76 win) – it was a very good vibe (to play in Hamilton)”. A ticket office spokesman confirmed that the team and players had pushed for the change for a while citing Hamilton as a more suitable size as well a familiar practice venue for the team. They went on to state, ” (Hamilton) will provide a change of scenery for everyone.”
Cost considerations, the conversion of Magness Arena to basketball from hockey and/or gymnastics, were not cited as a reason for the change. Current season ticket holders will be entitled to seat-back general admission seating at Hamilton Gym, according to the ticket office spokesman.
Women’s hoops currently play all their games in Hamilton Gym.
“Venue Update: The three remaining Men’s Basketball home games will be played in Hamilton Gym. Please help us create a true home court advantage.
Friendly reminder, chairback seats are reserved for season ticket holders.
Game Dates and Times:
Denver vs. Purdue Fort Wayne 2/8 @ 3:30pm Hamilton Gym
Denver vs. Oral Roberts 2/20 @ 7pm Hamilton Gym
Denver vs. Western Illinois 2/29 @ 1pm Hamilton Gym”