University of Denver Magness Arena

Denver, Colorado

Built in 1997, Magness Arena is located at the Ritchie athletic complex on the University of Denver campus. As then-seven-time national NCAA Division 1 champions, major renovations were needed to give the team adequate space to compete with like-minded leagues. In less than a year, JLG completed plans and renderings and aided in raising the $2.1 million that was needed to complete the project. By gutting the existing 6,600 SF space at ice level and completely re-thinking the way the team utilizes it, JLG allowed 30% more program space to fit within the same square footage. Floor-to-ceiling team branding and history adorn the lower-level corridor, leading to a new team suite entry.

Upon entering the secure team-only area, student-athletes and staff are treated to a completely remodeled locker room and change area. For team meals and daily off-ice gatherings, a combined player lounge and nutrition area allow access to proscribed food and beverage at any hour of the day. Athletic training gets an enlarged space with integrated hydrotherapy, while the equipment manager can access both en-suite storage and an extensive work area. Players and staff can use a skate sharpening room within the team area, and the coaching staff has access to a small group video review room immediately adjacent to their coach’s locker space. The entire renovated suite is now primed with dynamic graphics and displays which pay homage to the rich history and inspiring alumni – all intended to aid in recruiting top-tier athletes to Pioneer Nation…and to celebrate the team’s most recent eighth national title.


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"[JLG] quite simply made my life real easy when it came to designing our locker room and raising the money to get the project completed. In less than a year we had complete plans and renderings and were able to raise the $2.1M we needed to complete the project. In my previous experience with other architecture firms for fund raising options we only raised $25K."
– Jim Montgomery, Head Hockey Coach, University of Denver (former)