The Budweiser Events Center held events thirteen day in a row as it was converted five times for nine events from May 22 to June 3.  Included in this stretch were four Colorado Eagles games, a Celtic Woman concert, three graduations, and seven performances of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil.

The Colorado Eagles kicked off the busy week on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 as they took on the Fort Wayne Komets in Game 6 and Game 7 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals. After a thrilling overtime Colorado Eagles victory in Game 7 to advance to the Kelly Cup finals, the first of five venue transformations began. Staff converted the arena for the Celtic Woman concert on Thursday, May 24. Once the concert was over Thursday night, the arena was transitioned back to hockey for the Eagles to take on the Florida Everblades in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Friday, May 25. After an exciting 3-1 victory of Florida to grab a 1-0 series lead, the venue was converted once again overnight for three Thompson School District Graduations on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 8 a.m. The fourth venue conversion came after the graduations on Saturday, to set the arena back up for Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday night.  The fifth event conversion followed soon after to have the arena set up for Cirque du Soleil to start their event load-in on Monday, May 28, to set up for seven shows of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil May 31-June 3.

By the Numbers:

  • 39,517: Concert & show fans, hockey fans, & graduation guests entertained at Budweiser Events Center from Tuesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 3
  • 4,076: Number of staff hours needed to complete all the changeovers and work the events
  • 2,134: Hot dogs eaten
  • 1,690: Pizza slices eaten
  • 2,060: Dippin’ Dots items sold
  • 469,732: ounces of beer and soda consumed

This YouTube video shows the changeover from graduation to Colorado Eagles hockey:

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