Denver Coliseum will be 24-hour warming shelter for arctic cold front


The Denver Coliseum, previously used as an emergency homeless shelter at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be opened as a 24-hour warming shelter on Wednesday ahead of a brutal cold front expected to arrive in the city that evening.

Denver officials announced the activation of the coliseum in a news release Monday.

Specific information about when the facility at 4600 Humboldt St. would open to people needing refuge was not immediately available. More details about the timing and potential transportation to the facility located on the city’s northern edge should be released on Tuesday, according to officials with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment.

The National Weather Service forecast for Denver calls for a high temperature of 50 degrees on Wednesday but then a blast of arctic air is expected to sweep into town and create a potentially dangerous situation for people without shelter.

The overnight low on Wednesday is expected to be -13 degrees, according to the Weather Service. There is a 90% chance of snow. On Thursday, the high temperature is expected to peak at -2 degrees and Friday is expected to top out at 15 degrees, still well below freezing.

Beyond the coliseum, the city is planning to open recreation centers and libraries as daytime warming shelters during their normal hours of operation on Thursday and Friday, according to Monday’s announcement.  A list of thoss hours can be found on Additional sheltering information for people who are unhoused is available at

“Extreme temperatures are dangerous, especially combined with other health conditions, and can lead to a higher risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide poisoning,” Monday’s news release reads. “The City and County encourages everyone to seek shelter and limit time out of doors beginning on Wednesday evening.”


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