A great baseball team – and a great baseball team’s fans – deserve a great stadium. In that respect, Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies, delivers in every way imaginable.
Located in the heart of lower downtown (“LoDo”), Coors Field combines the nostalgic feel of classic ballparks with state-of-the-art technology, creating an unparalleled baseball experience.
The new deck offers the best views in the stadium, with a long terrace overlooking the ballpark, as well as downtown Denver and the majestic, snowcapped Rocky Mountains. The centerpiece of The Rooftop is the Tavern Ballpark. To celebrate the fact that the room is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) the bar is exactly 52 feet and 80 inches long and offers 52 craft beers on tap. Rollup glass garage doors can transform the area into open air space, where fans can enjoy all the sights and sounds of the ballpark. The CHUBurger Restaurant offers Colorado casual dining with a display kitchen open on all four sides so fans can watch their food being prepared and features craft burgers made with beef raised from the Hops & Heifers Farm in nearby Longmont, Colorado.
COORS FIELD HISTORY
After a two-year run at nearby Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Colorado Rockies played their first game at Coors Field on April 26, 1995, handily defeating the New York Mets 11-9 in front of a sold-out crowd. Fans raved about the 76-acre ballpark, which was the first new park built exclusively for baseball since Dodger Stadium in 1962. Constructed with hand-laid brick and featuring an old-fashioned clocktower at the main entrance, Coors Field elicited comparisons to such beloved baseball temples as Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. But not everything about Denver's new ballpark was retro: at a cost of more than $200 million, Coors Field was - and remains - the very definition of cutting edge. From concessions to scoreboards to the delightful centerfield fountains that burst into life whenever the Rockies cross home plate, Coors Field is a truly 21st century ballpark. In 2007, the Rockies installed 46 solar panels at the ballpark, which generate energy to offset the energy needed to run the field's Rockpile LED board.
Architects originally designed the park to seat 43,800. But it soon became apparent that Denver's close-to-insatiable demand for baseball far outweighed this initial plan. After fans set dozens of attendance records at Mile High Stadium (1993-94), Rockies ownership paid to increase inaugural Opening Day capacity to 50,200. In 1998, capacity was increased to 50,381 after the opening of new suites in right field. The park currently seats 50,445.
NOT A BAD SEAT IN THE HOUSE
No matter where you're situated in the stadium, your view of the game will be unobstructed. If you want to be close enough to smell the freshly cut grass, buy tickets at the club level. If you're on a budget, you can't beat the Rockpile, located right behind centerfield, where admission costs a bargain basement - and the fans are their most exuberant. And if it's altitude you're after, buy a couple of seats in the upper deck's purple-painted 20th row, which is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.
HOME RUNS AT HIGH ALTITUDE
Altitude is one of the most famous things about Coors Field. Because the air is thinner at a mile high, the ball travels further than in most other ballparks - it's a rare game that you don't see at least one knocked out of the park. In 1999 alone, the Rockies and their opponents hit a record-shattering 303 home runs at Coors Field. It may be a pitcher's nightmare to take the mound here, but the offense-enhancing altitude always makes for a wild roller coaster ride of a game.
Get tickets for regular season games. You can also get tickets at the Coors Field Box Office at 20th and Blake Sts., Mon.-Fri. 9am-6-m, Sat.