Coors Field is the home of the Colorado Rockies of the National League West division of MLB (Major League Baseball). Coors Field celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. Still a new stadium, yes? Even so, it is the third oldest National League ballpark in MLB only being built after Wrigley Field (1914) and Dodgers Stadium (1962) and before all the other current National League baseball parks. The stadium has a similar architecture of Camden Yards with the red brick and the green seats. Coors Field was the first stadium where outfield seats were placed facing towards the infield (it was an innovative idea at the time).
Recent renovations include the Rooftop area (a party/socializing deck in the upper right field area), all seats in the stadium have been replaced in the last few years (2010’s), and drink rails were installed in 2013.
The Colorado Rockies began play as part of the 1993 expansion, along with the Florida Marlins. Coors Field hosted the 1998 All Star Game with the likes of Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr, Jim Thome, Vinny Castilla, etc. pounding home runs out of the ballpark during the home run derby. The 21 total runs in that ASG remains the most runs produced in an ASG and it was an enjoyable one to watch. The sole visit to the World Series for the Rockies was in 2007 where they magically won 21 of their last 22 games to get to the postseason and the city of Denver may just have changed its colors from Broncos orange to Rockies purple for those few weeks.
Even though it is ‘old,’ it is a great ballpark to visit, as is the city of Denver.
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There is a wide variety of food and beverage at Coors Field; the better offerings are on the first level. The third level has your traditional stadium fare and a bar near section 330 called the Clocktower. Queues are prevalent during the game so getting refreshments pregame is advisable.
Except for the Rocky Mountain Oysters (which I wouldn't recommend - look it up) there is no signature food item. There are plenty of specialty items available such as carnitas, Denver cheesesteaks, Famous Dave's BBQ (recommended - on the left field concourse), sausage on a stick, foot long bratwurst, Extreme Dogs ($6.50) and more. Wazee Market near section 137 offers Italian specialties like pizza and gelato. Traditional fare is also available: nachos, hot dogs, burgers, bratwurst and range from $4.75 - $7.50 with combos (fries) from $9.50 - $11.50.
#17 Helton Burger Shack (named after the Rockies long time first baseman) located on the left field concourse behind section 153 provides a Helton burger, fries, onion rings, shakes ($5.25 - $7.25) and a combo that includes a burger, shake, fries/onion rings, and drink for $14. Healthy food offerings are mostly on the first level and include salads, wraps, veggie burgers and pizza, and gluten free items ($7.00 - $9.50). Chicken sandwiches are offered at concessions on all three levels.
Buckaroos (a concession stand on the left field concourse) offers a kids meal for just $5 and is worth checking out when visiting with children.
Coca-Cola is the soda provider at Coors Field and drinks run $4.50 - $6.25. There are plenty of alcohol choices available in the stadium with regular domestic draft beers (more than just Coors) at $7.25 and a souvenir draft at $8.50. Bombers (24 oz) are $10 - $12.50. New Amsterdam, near section 137 on the first level, has more craft type beers such as Killian's, Fat Tire, Dale's Pale Ale, Mojo IPA and Right Field Red.
Across from sections 114 and 115, there is the Sandlot Brewery which first brewed the now popular Blue Moon beer. Even better, it brews and offers a variety of specialty beers. The Rooftop (upper right field deck) features Colorado based bar and food establishments Tavern Ballpark, CHUBurger, and Tuaca Terrace. There is a wide variety of craft beers and food options on offer. The Mountain Ranch Bar & Grille located on the second level in the right field corner is open to all fans; reservations are recommended.
Outside food and beverages are allowed inside Coors Field; there are plenty of vendors offering their fares as you walk to the stadium. I recommend stopping by Joel's hot dog cart at the corner of Wyncoop St and 19th St. He offers mouth-watering hot dogs (beef and turkey - $1.50), sausages (spicy Italian, bratwurst, polish - $3.00) as well as chips, peanuts, water, and soda. All items he sells can be brought in to the stadium and at a much more affordable price than inside.
There are three seating levels inside Coors Field plus the Rockpile and the Rooftop. The second level is the club level and entrance to that is only available to those with tickets to the 200 level. A superb feature of Coors Field is the ability to walk around all concourse areas (except the second level). There are plenty of drink rails in which to stand and watch the game if sitting too long makes you stiff.
The Rockpile is the bleacher section of Coors Field and sits way beyond center field. If you want to get into the stadium for cheap ($5), these are the tickets to get (though you won't get a close up view of the game).
Beginning the 2014 season, reconstruction was done in the upper level right field seating area and a new Rooftop area was built. If you attend a game with friends more for the socializing than watching the game, this is the perfect place for you. This has been the biggest renovation success in Coors Field as the area is always populated and crowded. It is a standing room only area though fans with Rooftop tickets can sit in sections U310-U314 on a first come, first served basis.
The upper level first base side seats and the Rooftop get the best view of the Rocky Mountains. During the spring and in the fall, the first base side gets the warm sun; when summer is in its prime in June, July and August you may want to choose the third base side as that gets the shade first.
During your visit be sure to head up to the 20th row of the third level and sit in the purple seats which are exactly one mile above sea level.
Music level is too loud and worse, the PA announcer calls player changes when music is blaring so you can't hear what is being said.
There are lots of in-game promotions - many featuring the typical screeching female making the announcement. The in-game promotions seem to be the focus of attending a Rockies game and not so much the baseball game itself. The Rockies do an excellent job at recognizing a specific military hero at each and every game and kudos for that effort. Every Sunday is autograph day so fans can line up near the first base area pregame to get the John Hancock of select players.
The scoreboard / video board is sometimes hard to read. For those who keep score, they do provide pitch count and pitch speed on the ribbon boards but it's hard to keep track of as it is constantly being flipped between the two and immediately goes away once the inning ends to display a sponsor's advertisement.
Coors Field sits in the LoDo (lower downtown) area of Denver. It was the catalyst behind the revamping of the rundown warehousing area of Denver in the early 1990's. Now, restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, and train stations surround the area near the stadium giving a fan a multitude of things to see and do when visiting. It is a safe area in which to walk but like any major city be cautious.
If you're a hop head, several breweries are within walking distance of the park: Wynkoop, Great Divide, Breckenridge, Jagged Mountain (if you like IPAs, this is the place to visit). The Falling Rock Tap House (a block from the stadium) is known for having over 75 beers on tap and a dizzying array of bottled beer.
The National Ballpark Museum is recognized as one of the finest ballpark collections in the world, is a block from Coors Field on Blake St and is a recommended stop for those visiting the ballpark. Check their site for hours of operation as it is not always open.
Take a stroll or a free bus ride just a few blocks away on the 16th Street Mall. The Mall is a pedestrian shopping/eating area four blocks from Coors Field. It has locally owned shops and over 50 restaurants along its 1.2 mile strip.
Union Station (Denver's transportation hub) recently underwent an extensive renovation and now hosts the historic terminal building, bars, restaurants, retail shops, and the upscale Crawford Hotel and of course the light rail, Amtrak, and is a bus depot.
Denver is definitely a football town and all other sports in the area seem to fall short of the Broncos. Though Rockies fans are plentiful and there is a solid season ticket fan base. Most fans at the game are there for the entertainment and not so much the ball game. They applaud and boo when appropriate. They 'make noise' when the video board tells them to.
And even though the Rockies have been cellar dwellers the last few years, they are in the top third of attendance records.
Visiting fans can feel comfortable and safe wearing their teams gear and cheering on their team at a Rockies game.
There are five gates to enter the stadium. Gates A (Rockpile/bleachers) and E (left field) open two hours before game time. The other gates open one and a half hours before the first pitch, so there is plenty of time to check out the stadium. Except for the club level, a fan can visit all areas of the venue including the Rooftop (on the third level) and walk the entire first level concourse.
Taking the light rail to the stadium is an excellent option. It stops at Union Station just a few blocks from the venue. Be aware, it can get crowded after the game and there may be some wait time. For those who prefer to drive, there are two main parking lots off of Park Ave for $14 - $16. Other offsite parking is available throughout the downtown area and can range from $8 and up depending on the game and the opponent.
Getting through security is generally painless but is a nuisance with the new metal detectors.
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Attending a Rockies game is an exceptional value. There are all kinds of ticket offers:
• Rockpile (bleacher) tickets are $5 and for those over 55, $1 tickets can be purchased game day for the Rockpile
• The Rooftop area tickets start at $14 (includes a $6 credit for merchandise/food)
• When purchasing more than $25 in groceries, King Soopers (local grocery store chain) offers up four tickets at $14 each in select areas of the stadium. Check your receipt.
• A Coca Cola value pack is available for certain games, is $59 (upper level) or $79 (lower level) and includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, a parking pass and a magazine
Parking and food prices are lower than other major league ballparks.
Being able to bring in your own food and beverage certainly helps reduce the expense of a ball game at Coors Field.
There are three retired 'numbers': Todd Helton (17), Jackie Robinson (42), Kellie McGregor (KSM) located on the panel in center field above the bullpen. Other banners of famed Rockies and notable references adorn the concourses.
Stadium tours are available year round and are definitely recommended. Check the Rockies website for days and times.
There is a beautiful batter's eye area with water fountains, a pond and landscaping.
A small kid's play area is on the lower level concourse in left field near the Buckaroos stand.
Though the product on the field hasn't had a whole lot to cheer about the last few seasons, the ballpark is still a remarkable venue to visit. It does not look its 20 years of age. If you haven't been in a while, it may be time for a return visit.
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.
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.
Love looking at the mountains in the backround of the stadium.
Free Shuttle Busses make parking very convenient. Food was surprisingly good despite the limited options. With the Rockies being terrible recently, the fans aren't as into the game as a Chicago or New York. Very friendly staff and clean stadium.
It had been nearly 20 years since my last trip to Coors field in Denver. I am happy to say that it was as good or better then I remembered it being. Baseball is definitely a fairweather sport in Colorado. When the team is doing well, it has a great atmosphere. However, when the team is doing lousy, it makes the enormous stadium feel caverness, and a little cold and sterile. That being said, I had a great time at the stadium, and feel as though it is well worth the money you spend.
Tickets are quite easy to obtain. They do not sell out their games unless the team is doing well, and face value of the tickets is moderate in comparison to other baseball teams. I found hundreds of tickets at half price or less on stub hub for the game, so consider going that route to save a few bucks. For out-of-towners, if you stay on the main drag in downtown Denver, there is a trolley system that will drop you off within a few blocks of the ballpark. I did not drive, but there looks to be plenty of parking near the stadium, and even some street parking if you didn't mind walking a few extra blocks.
I found the food to be quite good, and variety to be exceptional. I wish I could say I had the guts to try the Rocky Mountain oysters, but the barbecue items I had were of high Stadium quality. I was extremely happy that several of Colorado's great microbrews were well represented inside the stadium even though the ballpark is named after Coor's. There is even a brewery inside the stadium, something that is unique to Denver. I did not have a chance to try it however, and most of the locals seem to say the beer quality was fairly mediocre.
In terms of the view, there is something to be said for watching baseball, with a view of the mountains in the background. The only other stadiums I have been to with that kind of pleasing site line are Pittsburgh and St. Louis. There are many sitdown restaurants, and fun things to do for the kids. This is a great way to spend an afternoon for a family.
You cannot beat downtown Denver for after hours nightlife, especially for craft beer fans. Wynkoop and Breckenridge brewery are within a few blocks away, as well as national chain Rock Bottom. Great Divide, one of my favorite microbrews, has a taproom just a few miles away. All of the bars have great beer on tap and the bartenders are all extremely knowledgeable. Tell them what style you like, and you will get something that tickles your palate.
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