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Over the last few months we have been working with the Commission of Presidential Debates (CPD) and the Secret Service to ensure that the University of Denver hosts a wonderful event on October 3, 2012. Hosting an event that draws over 3,500 media outlets from around the world will obviously have a significant impact on the operations of the Daniel L. Ritchie for Sports and Wellness and its users. We value our customers tremendously and have worked with the CPD and the Secret Service to mitigate as much impact to you and the facility as we can. Due to the high profile nature of the event and the security concerns associated with it, we will have a number of impacts to the facility that we want to make you aware of.

The following list is subject to change. Please continue to check this webpage for the most current information regarding the debate and its impact on the Ritchie Center.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Lot 401 will function as a drop off and pick up site for Jr. Pioneers Hockey practice only. Our families will need to access via Jewell Ave and will enter via the cattle gate and leave through the gate arm. We will staff this area to ensure the best experience we can. After dropping your hockey player and their equipment off, all families will need to park in Lot 108 until the completion of practice.
  • All access to Joy Burns Arena will be through the northeast arena doors. A sign will be located at the doors and our staff will facilitate check-in at this entrance.
  • Street parking is no longer available on York Street or Jewell Avenue.

Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28

  • Parking Lots 401 (Joy Burns Arena), Lot 403 and all north side parking will be closed. Members will need to park in Lot L (Law School). Lot 401 will continue as a drop-off and pick-up area for Jr. Pioneers Hockey.
  • One lane of Buchtel Blvd will be closed.
  • Joy Burns Arena will be restricted to a practice site for varsity hockey, club hockey and our youth hockey program only.
  • Access to the Coors Fitness Center and El Pomar Natatorium will be restricted to the South Side entrance only (Coors Fitness Center Entrance).
  • Exiting El Pomar Natatorium from the spectator level will be permitted but guests will need to leave the facility via the South doors.
  • Magness Arena lower level will be secured and closed. No Access to this area will be granted as it will be a credentialed area.
  • Magness Arena spectator level will be secured and closed. No running of the Magness steps or access into the bowl concourse will be permitted. The only access on this level will take you to the West Ticket Office.
  • No public ice programs will be offered during this week.

Friday, September 28

  • El Pomar Natatorium will close at 9pm.
  • Coors Fitness Center will close at 10pm.
  • Joy Burns Arena will close upon the completion of all practices.
  • The Ritchie Center will be closed from end of business on this date until October 4th, 2012.
  • Any personal belongings that will be needed by any member should be removed from their locker by this date if needed prior to October 4th, 2012. Staff will not be able to access facilities during the closure period.

Saturday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 3

  • Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness closed for Presidential Debate Activities.
  • Our Youth Hockey & Hilltoppers teams will practice at alternate facilities based upon schedules and availability. Our program managers will coordinate and communicate these locations to program participants.
  • Members will receive the following credits to their billing:
    • For annual memberships/lockers we will extend the expiration date by 5 days.
    • For monthly memberships/lockers we will prorate 16.6667%.
    • For monthly credit card/checking account billing we will have all adjustments made on the September billing cycle.
    • For payroll deduction billing, we will have adjustments made on the October billing cycle.
  • Additionally, we have worked with our long standing community partner, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) located at 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246, to provide access for our members at no charge during the following days and times.
    • Saturday September 29 – 1-7 p.m.
    • Sunday September 30 – 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Monday October 1 – No access due to facility commitments
    • Tuesday October 2 – 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Wednesday October 3 – 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • To access the JCC, our members should take the following steps:
    • Park at 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80246, no permit required.
    • Show ID card at front desk and sign the daily attendance sheet.
    • Members will have full access to the facility and group fitness class schedule. Please note that the JCC has some classes that require an additional fee and these are not included with access. View details online.

Wednesday, October 3

  • The Presidential Debate will be broadcast from the facility at 7pm.
  • The University of Denver is offering a variety of activities related to the Presidential Debate that are open to the University and Denver communities. Information is available online.
    • Please note that a number of events require advanced reservations.

Thursday, October 4

  • Parking Lot 401 (Joy Burns Arena) and all north side parking will be closed. Members will need to park in Lot L (Law School).
  • Lot 401 will function as a drop off and pick up site for Jr. Pioneers Hockey practice only. Our families will need to access via Jewell Ave and will enter via the gate arm and leave through the cattle gate. We will staff this area to ensure the best experience we can. After dropping your hockey player and their equipment off, all families will need to park in Lot 108 until the completion of practice. Please note that there will be no access from Buchtel Blvd due to one lane being closed.
  • Access to the Coors Fitness Center and El Pomar Natatorium will be restricted to the South Side entrance only (Coors Fitness Center entrance).
  • Exiting El Pomar Natatorium from the spectator level will be permitted but guests will need to leave the facility via the South doors.
  • Magness Arena lower level will be secured and closed. No access to this area will be granted as it will be a credentialed area.
  • Magness Arena spectator level will be secured and closed. No running of the Magness steps or access into the bowl concourse will be permitted. The only access on this level will take you to the West Ticket Office.

Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7

  • We will be returning all of our facilities to their award winning appearance during this time frame and loading out all media and production trucks.
  • Some access points will be restricted for the safety of our members and guests due to the removal of event related materials.

Monday, October 8

  • We anticipate the building returning to normal operations.

We understand that this is a significant impact and want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this historic event. Please feel free to contact any member of our team with questions regarding this event or the information above.

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