Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is a stadium that keeps getting better with age. Built nearly twenty years ago, this is a stadium that has an old school design with the faded green metallic design and brick facade. Nestled in the heart of the Lower Downtown District (LODO), Coors Field and the surrounding area is a destination worth spending a day or weekend.
The Colorado Rockies began play in 1993 and have attracted big crowds since their inception. They played at Mile High Stadium for two years before moving to Coors Field. Coors Field has seen three postseasons and one World Series appearance in 2007. The 2007 season was a magical one as Colorado won 21 of their last 22 games to get to the postseason. Coors Field was the host of the 1998 MLB All Star game. The home run derby in 1998 was a fun one to watch due to the thin air of Colorado and players like McGwire, Griffey Jr., Thome, etc. in it.
The Colorado Rockies have added some new enhancements to the stadium to ensure fan happiness. The biggest enhancement for the 2014 season is the addition of the Rooftop deck. The Rockies took out 3,500 seldom used seats from the upper deck in right field and put in a few bars, standing room areas, a lounge, and a restaurant. This area is for the casual fan who wants to socialize rather than focus on the game. The views from the rooftop area are amazing as the Front Range, downtown Denver, and the whole playing surface can be seen from the rooftop.
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The food options at Coors Field are endless and fairly priced. Hot dogs can be had for under four dollars and a fully loaded, bigger sized hot dog can be had for six dollars. There are many options to choose from at the basic concession stands such as brats, burgers, candy, soda, etc. Beer starts at $6.50 and is Coors and Bud products along with many different microbrewery options. Coke is served at Coors Field and starts at $3.50 for a small cup. There are many specialty stands around the park such as a Panda Express, taco/burrito stands, and a cheesesteak stand. The cheesesteak stand offers four different kinds of sandwiches.
There are many different options for a sit down meal at Coors. There is a Smokehouse BBQ joint, Wazee's market, Famous Dave's, a CHUBurger, and a Blue Moon brewery and sit down restaurant. The Wazee's Market has carvery sandwiches that are made in front of you. That room, behind home plate is served cafeteria style. There is a gelato stand in there as well that is quite popular. The CHUBurger stand is a big hit on the rooftop. A juicy burger patty with tons of toppings is well worth the $7.25 price.
If not eating at one of the many restaurants outside the stadium before the game, there are plenty of choices inside that won't break your budget.
The atmosphere at Coors Field is laid back and fun. It is a family-friendly place to see a game as witnessed by the many kids and families seen at games. It also is a party or bar atmosphere but the fans don't seem to over-do it by any means.
There are many different options in which to sit for fans with varying budgets. The Rockies offer many different pricing tiers and good views are a bit higher than the MLB average. As with any stadium, sitting up close is always a fun time. However in Coors Field, the upper deck seats between first base and the right field foul pole offer great views without breaking the bank. You can see the Rocky Mountains from these seats. For the budget conscious, the Rockpile in center field is the way to go. Kids under twelve and adults 55 and older can see a game in this section for a dollar. People from ages 13-54 can see a game here for four dollars. The dollar tickets are limit two per person and the four dollar tickets are limit four per person. These seats are in straightaway center field so plan to bring binoculars if sitting here. If you want to see how the air is a mile up, the purple seats in the upper deck are exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.
The Rockies Rooftop may be the best value in Coors Field. For $14, fans get a general admission standing room ticket with a six dollar credit on food or merchandise. This area isn't close to the field but fans could always move to other standing room areas with ease after a few innings. The rooftop area has couches, comfortable chairs, and other amenities if you are in a group that doesn't want to pay close attention to the game. There are flat screen TV's and a radio broadcast on loudspeakers in this area as well so you never miss the action if going for food or a beverage here.
Between innings, various games are played on the field or video board. One complaint is that the video board is small and harder to see or read from a distance. Perhaps a few smaller advertisements and a bigger TV would help enhance this experience.
The LODO district in downtown Denver has tons of bars and restaurants within walking distance to Coors Field. It is one of if not the best ballpark neighborhoods in the majors. Whether you want a good meal before the game or a few cold ones, there is something for everyone here. LODO's Bar and Grill, Jacksons, Fado's Irish Pub, and Tavern Downtown are great places to eat or have a cold one before the game.
Beverage options are plentiful as well. Breckenridge Colorado Craft is a block north of the stadium and offers twenty five beers on tap. Mostly Breckenridge beer but there are taps with other microbreweries as well. Falling Rock Taphouse and the Great Divide tasting room are nearby as well.
For the more adventurous, take a tour of downtown Denver. There is a lot to see and do. The 16th St Mall is a huge outdoor mall with tons of shops and restaurants. There is a movie theater as well. There are many local restaurants along this strip as well as some chain franchises. Yardhouse offers over 100+ taps of local and worldwide beers.
Another thing worth mentioning for those who may be hustling to the game after work or those pressed for time. There are dozens of street vendors offering snacks and quick bites such as burritos and tacos outside the stadium. You can't miss these vendors as they are everywhere. You can buy water, soda, peanuts, etc. off these vendors as well. Small plastic bottles are permitted at Coors Field so you can bring a purchased non-alcoholic beverage in with you and save a few dollars.
The Colorado Rockies haven't given fans much to cheer about in recent years. The Rockies have always had one of the higher attendance averages in the league each year but the product on the field has been poor of late. Because Coors is such a destination for party goers, the stands stay full throughout the year but the diehard fans are frustrated. Denver fans have always supported their teams through thick and thin. The past couple of seasons are starting to wear thin with Rockies fans as the team seems to have a lack of direction right now.
The fan base is loud and knowledgeable. They cheer at the right times and boo other times. Most are friendly and easy to strike up a conversation with. Fans of opposing teams can wear their gear here with maybe some gentle teasing but little to no hassle.
Whether you are driving or taking mass transit to the game, there are plenty of worry free options. Located just off of interstate 25, Coors Field has easy on-easy off access. There are two huge lots outside of Coors Field that range from $14-$16 a game. Due to the big crowds that Coors draws, these can be tough to get out of after the game. There are many cheaper lots a bit further from the stadium. This may be ideal if you want to grab a bite to eat before the game. Street parking can be had for cheap north and east of the stadium. I always park at 21st and Welton and walk the mile east to the stadium. On the weekends, free parking can be had if you are willing to walk. As always, watch the street signs to make sure you are in a free or hourly spot and be aware of your surroundings to and from the stadium. This goes for any city but is worth mentioning.
If a fan of mass transit, Denver has a great light rail and bus system. Fans from out of town or the suburbs can utilize one of the many park and ride areas and take the light rail or bus to the game. Denver has quite a few light rail lines and the trains are almost always on time. A ticket is two dollars one way and is well worth it. If not wanting to worry about traffic, this is the way to go. Downtown Denver covers a lot of ground so going a station up after the game can beat the masses. The 16th Street Mall has free busses. One money saving tip is to park on the eastern edge of downtown in one of the lots or garages there and take a free bus to the stadium. This could save a few bucks on parking.
The concourses are wide and expansive and the concession lines go quick. Fans are able to walk the concourses with very few obstructions. There are plenty of standing room areas and handicapped areas round the stadium. Fans standing between the base lines can see the action easily but not the scoreboards. The best standing room area in my opinion besides the rooftop is the left field foul pole area. There are many people watching opportunities as well as a clear view of the game.
Tickets at Coors Field are a bit higher than the average for prime seating. I like to sit in the upper deck behind home plate but the Rockies charge $25-$30 dollars for these seats. That being said, the food is cheaper than the MLB average and the transit/cheap parking options balance this out. The best seats for the price are right field upper deck with a great field of the scoreboard, mountains, and the playing field. The Rockpile is for the true budget conscious and a good way to see a game without breaking the bank.
The Rockies give out free programs and other literature. More and more teams are going to the free, home stand specific programs which is a win-win for fans. A family of four can see a game and have a meal for under $100 and maybe even under $50 if sitting in the Rockpile.
There are tons of extras in Coors Field! There is an interactive playing area behind right center field with batting cages, a pitching speed area, and an interactive play-by-play booth. Most activities cost five dollars to do and the play-by-play costs ten. There is a tee ball game for ages six and under which is free. There are two batting cages, one is a soft pitch geared for kids. The other is a 65 M.P.H. cage that is challenging and fun. There is a kid's playground area behind center field as well.
The play-by-play for ten dollars is well worth it. For a half inning, you get to sit in front of a monitor and do actual play by play. When I tried it, Colorado had a four run inning including a home run so my time was about twenty minutes. You may or may not be so lucky. When your time is up, the worker will take your name and a couple hours later, will have your half inning of the game and your voice on a DVD. This is a great souvenir to enjoy. There is an option during this to have your face on camera as well so those watching the DVD know it's your doing the play-by-play.
There are many clubs and special seating areas for fans to enjoy a sit down meal before the game.
Coors Field continues to get better with age. The park has something for people of all ages. Whether going with the family, friends, or by yourself, you are guaranteed to be entertained. If going to Coors for the first time, I would suggest making a day or weekend out of it. With restaurants inside and outside the stadium for any appetite, going here is more like an event rather than a game.
15 years ago, when Coors Field first opened, the nickname seemed silly.
Coors Field wasn't even the greatest stadium in Denver, Colorado, let alone the greatest place on Earth.
But after a decade and a half of Major League Baseball in the Mile High City, Coors has lived up to that moniker.
Coors is an extremely unique baseball stadium for a number of reasons.
Denver became the first city in the Rocky Mountain region to host a Major League Baseball team when the MLB awarded them the expansion Rockies in 1993. Therefore, Coors Field (1995) became the first MLB stadium in the Mountain Time zone as well.
Coors is also unique because it rejuvenated the Lower Downtown (LODO) area in Denver, turning a defunct once busy warehouse district into a place for entertainment and great nightlife.
In addition, what makes Coors special are the extremely low ticket prices. The "Rockpile" was designed as a place in the stadium where fans can attend games for a mere $4. Beyond the deepest part of the park in the Rockpile, there are cheap seats to be had all around the stadium up high around the row of purple seats that denotes exactly one mile above sea level.
The classic brick architecture matches the surrounding LODO neighborhood, the forest green painted metal beams reflect the beautiful forests in the Rocky Mountains just 30 miles to the West. The open concourses give free views to onlookers and passersby - so many people are surprised you can actually stand anywhere along the lower level just feet from the top of the stairs to take in the game for as long as you like. Seats along the right field line will give awe striking views of Colorado's mountains and sensational sunsets.
Of course, there's not a bad seat in the house - whether it be the top row of the upper deck, in the suite level, second row behind home plate, out in right field over the scoreboard, in left field on the bleacher seats or deep center in the Rockpile - if you go to a game at Coors Field, a good time will be had by all.
Coors Field is a dream come true for baseball fans in the Rocky Mountain region. Denver is a city that was thought of and passed by for a baseball team for years, but was finally rewarded in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies. After two years of playing at the home of the Broncos, Mile High Stadium, the Rockies opened their own park in Lower Downtown Denver (known as LoDo). When it was announced where the city was planning on building a ballpark, many people were baffled. LoDo was known for gang activity, poverty and empty rundown warehouses. Many people questioned whether it would be safe to attend a night game. After 15 seasons of baseball at 20th & Blake all of the doubters have been proven wrong. The stadium infused life into the rundown area of Denver. Where there once were abandon buildings, there are now restaurants, bars, and converted lofts. LoDo proudly boasts some of the most expensive property in Denver.
A game at Coors Field is a "can't miss" for a good time. Approaching the front of Coors Field a baseball fan is greeted by the beautiful red brick that form the outer walls of the stadium. With a lovely clock tower as the focal point, Coors boasts an "old-school" feel. However, the feeling inside the gates is anything but "old school." The hallways of Coors Field are wide open. They are easy to maneuver through, rarely will a fan get stuck in the gridlock that commonly occurs at many baseball stadiums. Fans will quickly notice how clean the park is. Trash cans are always close by and the stadium crew keeps the park in great shape.
After navigating through the park to the seats, a fan will quickly discover that there are no bad seats to be found. For just $4 a fan can buy a seat in the "Rockpile." These seats are in straight away center field, above the batter's eye. These seats are adequate to watch the game from, but also provide an excellent view of the Denver skyscrapers behind the main gates to the park. Coors Field was the first park to face every seat in the park to face the infield, making it easier for fans down the line to enjoy watching the game without having to wake up the next morning with a sore neck. With a comfortable atmosphere on a classic Rocky Mountain summer night, a baseball fan could not leave Coors Field without having a good time.
Coors Field is a gem of a ballpark. Coors' construction was completed in 1995 and the team has played there since. When Coors was build, the architect showed baseball owners and fans that a classy, beautiful ballpark could be created that merged the best of the old and new.
Coors' rustic-looking brick facade echoes the surrounding LODO (Lower Downtown) district, one that was mainly filled with ancient manufacturing plants, warehouses and the like.
But since Coors came to be, the LODO area grew up along with it. Now, LODO is the place to be in Denver on a Friday or Saturday night especially, as the area combines great shopping, wonderful dining and the city's best nightclubs without a doubt.
Now it's hard to take in a game without visiting one of the fine establishments to enjoy a locally brewed Colorado beer (the state boasts nearly 30 breweries) before or after the last pitches have been thrown.
If you consume too much, take the RTD's Light Rail train home, or call No DUI Denver, a service that will drive you home in your car.
In all, Coors Field is an amazing place to take in an MLB game, whether it be a day or night contest, you'll be sure to have fun.
Great food, great beer, great area, great city. Denver is one of the best cities to visit and potentially live in the US. Naturally it should have a great stadium to house such a great team. However, I wish parking was easier here. The outdoor mall is relatively close and worth the day as well.
Very beautiful ballpark with alot of uniqueness
Just a terrific place to attend a ballgame. It's easy to get to with major interstates nearby, along with Union Station. Traffic can be busy, but that's the only gripe. As Rich mentioned, LoDo is an awesome city neighborhood and is a top notch place to hang out before or after the game. Lots of food options...and if you're feeling "ballsy" try the Rocky Mountain Oysters.
The ballpark is beautiful and designers did a great job to allow for views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Also liked the landscape display in centerfield. Fans are pretty good and it seems like the Rockies are #2 in the pecking order of Denver sports teams. They support the team well, though the feel inside is more of a place to hang-out instead of a boisterous, passionate crowd. All-around Coors Field is a really great ballpark with nearly every aspect of the experience top notch
Fan friendly staff and a beautiful view combine with perhaps the best neighbourhood in the country to make Coors a must-see for any ballpark chaser. Easy access from the light rail and tons of ticket deals only add to the experience. The only problem for me was the constant promotions every half inning, which reminded me a bit of a minor league game. Sometimes, silence can be golden.
Nearly 20 years into its existence, Coors Field has become representative of the game of baseball in a way.
When we went back to Coors this season, it was familiar, friendly, fun. It was apparent less has changed than has stayed the same in two decades, and really, that's a very good thing.
Sure, they've added a few upgrades – the LED video board is well-done, the Mountain Ranch Club is now open-air when weather permits and the Humidor helps keep baseballs inside the park – but for the most part, Coors Field is the same top-notch ballpark it was when first constructed in 1995.
Yes, the Colorado Rockies began their MLB life in 1991, with their first games taking place in the 1993 season inside of Mile High Stadium. It was magical; baseball had come full-circle in the Mile High City. Long before we fell in love with the Broncos and professional football, Denver was a baseball town, sporting multiple minor league teams from the 1880s through the 1990s. The Denver Bears, who were a minor league team of the New York Yankees, paved the way for the Broncos due to their Bears Stadium.
With a stadium already in place, then-owner of the Bears Bob Howsam tried to start an NFL team in the Mile High City. He was denied by the league, so he in-part began a rival pro football league – the American Football League – with the Broncos a charter member. 33 years later, the Rockies used that same stadium – Bears Stadium, which was re-named Mile High Stadium in the late 60s – to play their first two seasons. Two years later, in 1995, Coors Field's construction was complete and it not only revitalized Lower Downtown Denver, it also reimagined how new-age ballparks looked and functioned for fans.
The classic brick architecture matches the surrounding LODO neighborhood, the forest green painted metal beams reflect the beautiful forests in the Rocky Mountains just 30 miles to the West. And inside the park, fans have always come first, met by friendly ushers willing to help out in any way possible. The “Rockpile” section was created to give fans and families a way to experience games for the lowest of prices, with tickets going for as low as $4.
The Rockies became the first MLB team to play in the Rocky Mountain Region, just like the Broncos in the AFL and eventually NFL; professional baseball has flourished ever since.
In their first season, the 4.4 million fans to watch a game in person were an MLB record, and more than 3 million fans attended for the Rockies first nine seasons, another record. They were also the franchise to reach the 60 million fan mark the fastest, a true testament to how popular they've been.
In 1995, Coors Field was home to the team's first playoff series against the Atlanta Braves. In 1998, it hosted the MLB All Star Game and in 2007, it hosted two World Series games, both losses by the Rockies. The team went back to the playoffs in 2009 – including that special play-in game – only to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS.
Coors has certainly seen its fair share of games; crucial contests and inconsequential ones, memorable and forgettable games, in sun, snow, rain and wind, yet it looks no worse for the wear. When Coors Field was first constructed, it was built to last, and it should be a Denver sports icon for many generations to come.
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