Mr. E. Stanley Kroenke became owner of the Colorado Avalanche on July 6, 2000. Under Kroenke's ownership, the Avalanche has won a Stanley Cup (2001), captured four division championships (2000-03, 2013-14), won the Presidents' Trophy (2001) and hosted the NHL All-Star Game (2001). During his first five years, the Avalanche sold out every home game and went on to post an NHL-record 487 consecutive game sellout streak.
In the summer of 2013, Kroenke oversaw the elevation of Josh Kroenke to team President. Josh Kroenke then appointed Joe Sakic as head of hockey operations. The Avalanche went on to tie a franchise record with 52 wins and finish third in the NHL with 112 points en route to winning the 2014 Central Division championship. Over the last three years, the Avalanche has signed core players Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov to long-term contracts.
The 2015-16 season featured yet another landmark event under Kroenke's ownership with the Avalanche hosting the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game on Feb. 27, 2016 at Coors Field. More than 50,000 fans attended the first-ever NHL outdoor game in the Mile High City between the Avalanche and Red Wings.
Off the ice, one of Kroenke's primary focuses has been the Colorado community. More than $16 million in contributions have been made to Colorado charities through Kroenke Sports Charities and the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets Community Funds. The Avalanche continues to be a strong supporter of youth hockey in the State of Colorado through initiatives such as donating all game program sales to youth hockey teams and sponsoring the Quebec Pee Wee Qualifier Tournament.
The Denver Nuggets, also under Kroenke's direct ownership, were one of only two NBA teams to make the playoffs in all 10 seasons from 2003 through 2013, including a run to the 2009 Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2005.
Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment owns Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth. The Rapids hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2007 and 2015 and won the MLS Cup Championship in 2010. The Mammoth has been a playoff participant in 13 of its 14 seasons and won the NLL championship in 2006. The Mammoth also hosted the NLL All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009.
In June 2011, Kroenke became the majority shareholder of Arsenal FC, the storied English Premier League football club. The St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) won the Super Bowl in 2000 while Mr. Kroenke was a co-owner; he became the team's principal owner in August 2010.
Overall, the Avalanche, Nuggets, Rapids and Mammoth have made 37 playoff appearances, won three league championships and hosted five All-Star Games since 2000-01. Arsenal won the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup and has qualified for the Champions League in 19 consecutive seasons.
In addition to his success as a team owner, Kroenke has been a pioneer in television programming. In September 2004, Kroenke launched Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network that is the broadcast home for the Avalanche, Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids. Altitude also airs professional, collegiate and high school sporting events throughout the Rocky Mountain region. KSE expanded its media position in 2013 with the acquisition of Outdoor Channel. The independent cable network is received by nearly 40 million U.S. households, making it the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country. In 2014, KSE added to its outdoor media holdings with the acquisition of Sportsman Channel, which reaches more than 36 million U.S. households, along with a number of well-known outdoor enthusiast print and digital publications. KSE also owns World Fishing Network.
On Dec. 31, 2015, KSE announced the acquisition of three Denver FM radio stations, KIMN-FM (Mix 100.3), KXKL-FM (Kool 105), and KWOF-FM (92.5 the Wolf). KSE also acquired 950AM, now known as Altitude Sports Radio, the new radio broadcast home for the Avalanche, Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids.
The Pepsi Center, a KSE-owned facility and the largest indoor arena, event center and concert venue in Colorado, is the home arena for the Avalanche, Nuggets and Mammoth, seating 18,007 fans for hockey and 19,155 for basketball.
On April 7, 2007, KSE opened Dick's Sporting Goods Park, one of the largest soccer-specific complexes in the world. The state-of-the-art sports facility sits on more than 160 acres in Commerce City, CO, and holds 18,000 fans for field sports and up to 27,000 for concerts. KSE also owns the Paramount Theatre, a historic landmark in downtown Denver, and through Peak Entertainment, LLC, a joint venture between KSE and AEG Live Rocky Mountains, co-manages 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, a multi-use arena accommodating up to 6,500 people for a variety of events. Pepsi Center, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Paramount Theatre and 1STBANK Center are home to more than 300 events annually, including world renowned acts such as Garth Brooks, U2, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Phish, Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen.
Kroenke's enthusiasm and vision ensure that Denver will continue to be the top entertainment destination in the Rocky Mountain region for generations to come. Local media outlets have consistently named Kroenke one of the most significant people in the Denver arts and entertainment community, saying "no other person entertains more people more often."
Kroenke is chairman and owner of The Kroenke Group, a private real estate investment and development company with properties located throughout the United States and Canada. Over the past four decades, he has built a reputation as one of the nation's leading real estate developers.
A member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Kroenke holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. In addition to their son Josh, who is also President and Governor of the Nuggets, Stan and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, an award-winning documentary film producer.