The Denver Athletic Club History
“The first substantial institution of
an athletic nature was The Denver
Club. Until within the last couple of years this was the only
even in name, and is, in fact, to-day the only athletic club of
in the entire Rocky Mountain district.”
Weekly, January 1, 1898
Denver Athletic Club, founded in 1884, is a historical landmark located in the
heart of the city. Located adjacent to the Denver Convention Center and the
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, all downtown amenities are within an
easy walk. The Club is one of the oldest and largest private city clubs in the
United States. Members take pride in being a part of a premier organization
which has been integral to the Denver community for over 135 years while
enjoying first-class athletic facilities and social events.
first home of The DAC, the First Baptist Church on Eighteenth near Curtis, was
converted to a gymnasium and a clubhouse with a large, handsome Denver Athletic
Club sign on the front. In the fall of 1890, The DAC moved out of the small secondhand
church into their new five story building at the present location. An addition
was completed in 1892 and the 70 foot high structure was one of the tallest
buildings in Denver able to be seen from all over downtown.
additions in the 1920’s, the 1970’s, the 1980’s and the 1990’s to the athletic
and social facilities today make The DAC the leading city club in the Rocky
Mountain West. For over a century it has promoted outdoor and indoor sports for
player and spectator alike, been a leader in fitness since its inception and
been the cutting edge for Denver’s social scene.
with its athletic tradition, today the first bowling alley West of the
Mississippi hosts leagues year round, the 150,000 square foot Fitness Center
uses the most modern equipment along with leading instructors for classes and
trainers for individual instruction, and the gymnasium hosts the best pickup
basketball in downtown Denver. Not to be out done The DAC Squash Center is
World Class and is known as the top squash facility in the Rocky Mountain
region. The DAC hosts the Hashim Khan Squash Championships each spring. From
the 25 meter eight lane swimming pool, handball, racquetball, badminton,
wellness to the indoor golf simulators The DAC currently continues to offer the
most diverse athletic endeavors.
vibrant social scene continues with The DAC Restaurant being Member’s favorite
downtown destination. The billiards and card rooms maintain their legacy next
to The Pub, The DAC’s sports bar. Annual events include the Athlete of the Year
Award, Boxing Night, a Fashion Show, summer rooftop concerts, and our very
popular Christmas Parade of Lights parties.
For the past 135 years The
DAC has done more than provide its Members with a healthful diversion, it has
championed the fitness and happiness of all Coloradans and helped make the
highest state the healthiest state.