Denver Coliseum warming shelter to open 3 p.m. Wednesday ahead of arctic wind chill


The Denver Coliseum will open as a 24-hour emergency warming shelter for anyone seeking refuge from the incoming arctic cold front starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, city officials announced.

The city, already dealing with a crisis as it seeks to house hundreds of migrants who have arrived in Denver from the southern border over the last few weeks, announced plans to activate the coliseum as a shelter on Monday ahead of a dangerous weather system.

In a news release Tuesday, officials said the city will be providing free buses from the Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center, 2222 Lawrence St., to the coliseum starting Wednesday afternoon. Walk-ins and drop-offs will also be welcome. There will be parking for those who bring vehicles to the arena, located at  4600 Humboldt St.,officials said.

Registered service animals will be allowed inside the coliseum but pets will not be, the city announced. Denver Animal Protection officials will be available to transport pets to the city’s animal shelter for temporary housing.

The coliseum is open to anyone who needs shelter through the duration of the cold front. Additionally, city libraries and recreation centers will be available for those seeking refuge during the facilities’ regular business hours on Wednesday evening and all day Thursday and Friday, officials said.


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