Mr. E. Stanley Kroenke became owner of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Ball Arena on July 6, 2000.
The Avalanche has made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons--the third-longest streak in franchise history--and have advanced to the second round in three straight postseasons for the first time since a four-year run from 1999-2002. The Nuggets went to the NBA Western Conference Finals in 2019-20, a run that included becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3 games-to-1 series deficit twice in the same playoffs.
Since Kroenke became owner, the Avalanche 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 of ownership, the Avalanche sold out every home game and went on to post an NHL-record 487 consecutive game sellout streak. The Avalanche have been chosen by the NHL to host two outdoor games in the past five years, as the organization hosted the 2016 Stadium Series at Coors Field and the 2020 Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Under Mr. Kroenke's leadership, the Nuggets were one of only two NBA teams to make the playoffs in all 10 seasons from 2003 through 2013, which included a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2009. From 2006 to 2011, Denver won 50+ games in four consecutive years for the first time in team history and followed that up by winning a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13. Kroenke has overseen two NBA Executive of the Year winners as well as one Coach of the Year award.
In the summer of 2011, Kroenke elevated Josh Kroenke to team President and Governor of the Nuggets. In his expanded role, Josh Kroenke hired Tim Connelly as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in July 2013 and named Michael Malone as Head Coach in June 2015. Two years later, in the summer of 2013, Mr. Kroenke oversaw the elevation of Josh Kroenke to team President of the Avalanche. Josh Kroenke then named Joe Sakic the club's Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Off the ice and court, one of Kroenke's priorities has been the Colorado community. More than $17 million in contributions have been made to Colorado charities through Kroenke Sports Charities and the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets Community Funds. The Avalanche and Nuggets continue to be strong supporters of youth hockey and basketball in the state of Colorado through initiatives such as donating all game program sales to youth hockey and basketball teams, as well as sponsoring the Avalanche International Pee-Wee Qualifier Tournament and providing numerous youth basketball camps to help teach the game to local children. Additionally, the Kroenke family donated $1 million to the Red Cross organization following the hurricanes that devastated the coastal regions of the country in August 2017.
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 all but one of its 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. The Rams won the NFC championship during the 2018 season and played in Super Bowl LIII.
Overall, the Avalanche, Nuggets, Rapids and Mammoth have made 48 playoff appearances, won three league championships and hosted five All-Star Games since 2000-01. Arsenal won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League in 19 consecutive seasons from 1998-99 to 2016-17, the second longest run ever.
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 and in 2014 with the acquisition of Sportsman Channel. KSE also owns World Fishing Network.
KSE Radio owns three Denver FM radio stations, KIMN-FM (Mix 100.3), KXKL-FM (Kool 105) and KKSE-FM (Altitude Sports Radio 92.5), the radio broadcast home of the Avalanche, Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids. KSE Radio also owns one Denver AM station, KKSE (Altitude Sports Radio 950 AM).
The Pepsi Center, a KSE-operated facility and the largest indoor arena, event center and concert venue in Colorado, is the home arena for the Avalanche, Nuggets and Mammoth. 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, Colorado, 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, 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, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, 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 the 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 President and Governor of the Avalanche and Nuggets and Vice Chairman of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Stan and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, an award-winning documentary film producer.