While You’re Here

First time at Gates Hall?

You’re in for a treat.

With coral plaster walls and mahogany and gold trim, the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall has the atmosphere of an elegant European opera house. But don’t let that put you off! It’s a gorgeous atmosphere, but no tux or high heels required. Read on for tips to make your first (or fourteenth!) visit a blast.

Gates Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

Parking for the Newman Center

Newman Center Garage: Parking is available in the adjacent garage just south of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver Campus. The garage is located at corner of University Blvd. and Wesley Ave., with the entrance off Wesley. The University of Denver charges an event parking fee of $10.00 (cash or credit). This is where all handicapped parking is located.

Other parking options include:

Hourly Parking: There are some hourly metered spaces in Lot H, approximately two blocks away from the Newman Center, west of the Iliff School of Theology and east of DU. Location is on S. Gaylord Street, north of Iliff Ave. The parking meter is at the north end of that line of parking spaces. Enter your license plate number and pay for the number of hours you want. Please note, there may be time limit maximums on these meters.

Street Parking: Parking on the street in the DU area is generally limited to one-hour (without a resident permit) and this limit is strictly enforced by the Denver Police Department. Street parking not limited to one hour is generally over 4 or 5 blocks from the DU campus perimeter.

Look for the Newman Center

Gates Hall is the primary venue inside DU’s Newman Center. When you enter the Center, go up the stairs and head to the north end of the building and you’ll find the lobby where you can pick up tickets, grab a glass of wine, and mingle before the show starts.


What about handicapped parking?

Handicapped parking is located in the Newman Center parking garage. At present, there are no handicapped spots available on the nearby streets. 

When should I arrive?

Since all tickets are general admission, it is often best to arrive early (although there are no bad seats in Gates Concert Hall). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert, or at 6:30 pm for pre-concert talks, and close once the music begins. Ushers will seat latecomers between movements. The doors will reopen during intermission.

Will there be wine?

Due to the University of Denver’s COVID protocols, concessions will not be available for the time being.  We look forward to the time when we can all enjoy a glass of wine together at intermission.

Where will I be seated?

Seating for all concerts is general admission, on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open a half-hour before showtime (and one hour early on nights with pre-concert talks). Although some concert-goers line up early to get their favorite location, there are no bad seats in this venue.

Do you have accessible seating?

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available upon request. Please check in with an usher upon arrival and they will be happy to get you from the door to your seats.

When should I applaud during the performance?

Please do not clap between movements; it is typical to hold your applause until the end of each work. You can check your program before or during the performance so you’ll know how many movements to expect. Enthusiastic applause is welcome following the end of each concert — often bringing the artists back for an encore!

How long do the concerts last?

Most events run about two hours with one intermission.

Can I take selfies?

We’d love it if you took selfies… before the show starts or after it’s over (and of course, tag us on Instagram!). But please, during the show, turn your phones off, and keep them tucked away in a pocket or bag. We’re here for the music, after all. 

Say Hello at the info table

Located in the first floor lobby near the bar, we always have staff and volunteers at the information table to answer your questions and make sure your experience with Friends is fantastic. Sometimes our artists will join us after the show to sell and autograph CDs. Don’t be shy—we’re not. Tell us your thoughts on your concert experience (especially if it’s positive!), and come back again and again. See you at the show!

With friends like these, once is never enough.

We’re pretty sure you’re going to have a great night, so take a look at our other upcoming events to get yourself ready for your Friends of Chamber Music experience.