The Denver Nuggets began playing professional basketball as the Denver Rockets of the ABA. In the ABA the franchise mostly experienced strong seasons, reaching the finals in the last season before the merger between the ABA and NBA. The Nuggets had immediate success upon joining the NBA, making the playoffs their first three seasons in the Association and 12 times in their first 14 seasons. Through the 1990s Denver struggled mightily, making the playoffs just twice in the decade. The Nuggets didn’t return to the NBA spotlight again until Denver selected Syracuse small forward Carmelo Anthony with the third overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. Since Anthony’s arrival in Denver for the 2003-04 season the Nuggets have yet to miss the playoffs. Though always a part of postseason play, Denver has only made it past the first round of the playoffs once—reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2009. Despite Anthony leaving Denver for New York, the Nuggets still have continued their frequent postseason presence. Denver has retired the numbers of five players throughout the team’s long history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Denver Nuggets basketball tickets.
2016 Nuggets Season Preview
For only the 2nd time since 2003, the Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs last season. The Nuggets are in the middle of a transition from the decade long tenure of coach George Karl. As Michael Malone enters his 1st season as Nuggets head coach, the optimism around the future of the Nuggets is as high as it has been in years. Nuggets first round pick Emmanuel Mudiay has the potential to be a full-fledged star in the NBA. Mudiay will play alongside veteran Jameer Nelson, who will be able to show the talented point guard what it takes to make the NBA finals. Throw in Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, and Danilo Gallinari, and the 2015 Denver Nuggets have the potential to be in the playoff hunt late in the season.
Check out our Denver Nuggets Season Preview History page for previews of previous Nuggets seasons.
Denver Nuggets Basketball at the Pepsi Center Address: 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, Colorado, 80204
The Nuggets play their home games at the Pepsi Center, located in Denver, Colorado. When filled to capacity, the Pepsi Center holds more than 19 thousand screaming Nuggets fans. While at the Pepsi Center, be sure to go to the Pepsi Point—an interactive fan experience where you can get your picture taken as if you were a real member of the team. The Denver Nuggets home bench is on the Pepsi Center court side in front of sections 146 & 148. Pepsi Center parking information is covered in our Nuggets event guide.
Nuggets vs. Lakers
As Western Conference foes, these two teams don't get along at all. With over 150 regular season matchups, there is not much love lost between the franchises. The two teams have met constantly in the playoffs over the years, and it intensified when the Nuggets and Lakers met in the 2009 Western Conference Finals.
Nuggets vs. Jazz
As regional rivals and with over 170 regular season matchups and another 20+ playoff meetings, these two teams continue to comprise one of the better rivalries in the NBA. The rivalry was at its peak in the mid-1980s when they met in back-to-back seasons in the playoffs. As both teams play in the Western Conference, this rivalry has showed no signs of slowing down.
Nuggets vs. Spurs
This rivalry dates back to their ABA days and they have played against each other more times than they have any other opponent with over 260 games. The Spurs and Nuggets have met in the playoffs many times, making the rivalry reach a fever pitch. The matchup will only continue to get better in the upcoming seasons as they build off a history that started in the late 1960s.
Nuggets in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Nuggets continue to look for their first NBA and Western Conference Championship, but they have won over 6 division titles since they joined the NBA in 1976. Denver has been very successful over the last decade as they have become consistent division contenders and playoff performers.
Denver Nuggets Event Guide
When do gates open prior to tipoff at a Nuggets game?
Doors open to the general public 1 hour before tipoff. The Nuggets have one of the most passionate fan bases and many fans brave the cold to tailgate outside before the game.
Where are good places to eat before a Nuggets game?
Right next door to the Pepsi Center is Brooklyn’s. The ability to seat around 500 people, large TV’s and a traditional menu make Brooklyn’s a convenient and fun way to spend pre-game with tons of other Nuggets fans. If you are looking for a place with a little historic flare, check out the pizza and burgers at Wazee Supper Club. For some of the best southwest food anywhere check out Tomayo. It is also smoke free and vegetarian friendly, making it perfect for families. Zengo, Tag, and ChoLon are all great Asian fusion places that will not disappoint. If you are looking to try something new, check out Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto or Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen.
Where is the best place to park at Pepsi Center?
The Pepsi Center is conveniently located next to Six Flags Elitch Gardens and the Auraria Campus, giving the area plenty of parking options. Getting to the center early and purchasing a parking pass allows you to park in the most convenient lots. If you are not afraid of a short walk, try looking in the 7th St. and Auraria Pkwy area, as there are multiple parking garages in that direction. The Regional Metropolitan District is the public transportation option to and from the game. The bus and light rail lets off within a couple blocks of Pepsi Center and helps you avoid the hassle of parking and driving.
Does my child need a ticket to a Nuggets game?
All children over the age of 3 will need a ticket to enter the Pepsi Center. Children under 3 years old may sit in their parents lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age to the gate to ensure they are allowed to enter.