University Of Denver Pioneers
When the Pioneers open their 2020-21 season on Wednesday, it will be more than a decade since Denver last played an organized hockey game. The conference play will begin in the fall of 2020, with the Pioneers' first regular-season home game beginning with the Troy Magness Arena. The Denver Pioneer says the start of the team's first home season since the 2010-11 season has been pushed back to January 2021.
After Northern Colorado and CSU entered the NCAA tournament debate last year, the game will serve as a gauge of the Pioneers' future as a program. Utah State is a very tough team and has perhaps the toughest conference game to play in, but the way Denver plays against an in-state program will be a good indication of where the team is competitive. When Denver came to the WAC in 2012, it was a conference rivalry, and we were looking forward to it just as much as any other game in the conference, if not more.
Now Denver is still a member of the Sun Belt Conference and shouldn't look too far ahead, but it's still an in-state program with a strong program.
Fans who browse Denver Pioneers ticket lists for events can find a price range of $25 to $131, but some can start in the $40 to $50 range. The price of a ticket to attend a Denver Pioneer sports festival anywhere is reasonable and can even be taken in person.
Bonnie Brae is a well-established Denver neighborhood that includes the University of Denver campus, the Denver Convention Center and Colorado State University campus. Denver Transit Authority (RTD) has also set up a bus stop on campus on the southern edge of Evans Avenue. Additionally, a light rail system runs between Buchtel Avenue and Magness Arena, allowing fans to take the light rail from Denver Union Station to DU instead of driving. Fans can eat and drink at a local restaurant or bar while riding the light rail from Denver to Denver or even going to the Pioneers "home game at the Pepsi Center.
Denver plays its home games at the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Broncos and Denver State University. Denver is also home to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State and Colorado College, as well as the Colorado School of Mines.
The women's gymnastics team became a subsidiary of the Big 12 Conference from the 2015-16 season. The AIAW has sponsored the national championship in women's skiing since the 1990s, replacing the period in which skiing became a co-event. DU rejoined the NAIA, where it played until 1992, when it joined the NCAA, again as a Division II program. Since then, the team has been a member of the Big12 Conference and will move to its current home in Denver's Pepsi Center for the 2016-17 season and the 2017-18 campaign.
The men's basketball team won its first NCAA tournament championship in 2013 and made it to the Final Four in 2014 by beating Ohio and losing to Maryland in Round 2. The Pioneers lost to Virginia and Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2015 and 2016, respectively. DU joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2012 when it joined the Western Athletic Conference after joining the Summit League from 2013 to 2015.
The Fighting Hawks won 3-3 in OT and Denver lost to St. Cloud State in overtime to end a three-game stretch over four nights. Ultimately, I feel like we had an opportunity to come out and play and help us win.
The Pioneers (10-4-1, 3-2-0 WCHA) travel to St. Cloud State on Saturday to play the Huskies (7-5-3, 1-6) at 3 p.m.
Denver has developed into four NCAA tournaments, with the highest level of promotion to the elite eight in 2019. The DU women's football team has competed in the NCAA tournament in three of the last four years, reaching the Final Four in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the DU volleyball team appeared in an NCAA tournament in 2015, losing in the first round. Denver's men's lacrosse team entered the College World Series for the first time in the program's history in 2016.
The men's team upset regional number one seed Florida in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament, and the women's gymnastics team has been to 17 NCAA regional tournaments and has finished at least one NCAA tournament in each of its last four seasons. The Pioneers have competed in three NCAA Frozen Four tournaments, the last of which will take place in 2019. In addition to the NCAA tournaments in 2015 and 2016, the team also finished in the top 10 seeds in the first two NCAA championships, in 2011 and 2012, and in the 2009 NCAA West Regional and 2010 and 2011 NCAA East Regional.