Coors Field is a baseball park located in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the home field of the Colorado Rockies, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Opened in 1995, the park is located in Denver's Lower Downtown neighborhood, two blocks from Union Station. It is named for the Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado, which purchased the naming rights to the venue. The venue has a capacity of 50,144 people for baseball.
A Rockies baseball game in 2015
|Address||2001 Blake Street|
at Denver Union Station
|Operator||Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Ltd.|
|Capacity||46,897, 50,144 with standing room (2018–present)|
|Field size||Left Field – 347 feet (106 m)|
Left-Center – 390 feet (119 m)
Center Field – 415 feet (126 m)
Right-Center – 375 feet (114 m)
Right Field – 350 feet (107 m)
Backstop – 56 feet (17 m)
|Surface||Kentucky Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass|
|Broke ground||October 16, 1992|
|Opened||April 26, 1995|
|Construction cost||US$300 million|
($503 million in 2019 dollars)
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
|Project manager||CMTS, Inc.|
|Structural engineer||Martin/Martin, Inc.|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Mortenson/Barton Malow|
|Main contractors||LPR Construction|
|Colorado Rockies (MLB) (1995–present)|
Beginning play in 1993, the Rockies spent their first two seasons at Mile High Stadium. During that time, Coors Field was constructed for a cost of $300 million. It includes 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats. Coors Field has earned a reputation as a hitter's park, due to the effect of Denver's high elevation and semi-arid climate on the distances of batted balls. To combat this, the outfield fences were positioned further away from home plate and baseballs used in the park have been pre-stored in humidors.
Coors Field was the first new stadium added in a six-year period in which Denver's sports venues were upgraded, along with Pepsi Center and Broncos Stadium at Mile High (originally sponsored by INVESCO). It was also the first baseball-only park in the National League since Dodger Stadium was built in 1962.
As with the other new venues, Coors Field was constructed with accessibility in mind. It sits near Interstate 25 and has direct access to the 20th Street and Park Avenue exits. Nearby Union Station also provides light rail and commuter rail access.
Coors Field was originally planned to be somewhat smaller, seating only 43,800. However, after the Rockies drew almost 4.5 million people in their first season at Mile High Stadium – the most in baseball history – the plans were altered during construction, and new seats in the right field upper deck were added.
The center field bleacher section is named "The Rockpile". During the 1993 and 1994 seasons when the team played at Mile High Stadium, which was a hybrid football/baseball venue, the Rockpile was located next to the south stands, which were in dead center field and very distant from home plate. The same design was incorporated into Coors Field, and is located in deep center field up high. The original Rockpile seats cost a dollar each.
During construction, workers discovered a number of dinosaur fossils throughout the grounds, including a 7-foot-long (2.1 m) 1,000-pound (450 kg) triceratops skull. Because of this, "Jurassic Park" was one of the first names to be considered for the stadium. This later led to the selection of a triceratops as the Rockies' mascot, Dinger.
Coors Field was the first major league park with an underground heating system.
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The Blue Moon Brewery at The Sandlot is a microbrewery/restaurant that is behind the right-field stands, with an entrance from Coors Field, and from Blake Street. The brewery is operated by the Coors Brewing Company, and experiments with craft beers on a small scale. The Brewery has won multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival in various categories. The popular Blue Moon, a Belgian-Style Wheat beer was invented here, and is now mass-produced by Coors. The restaurant is housed in a building that is attached to the stadium. Coors Field has an extensive selection of food items. Selections include Rockie dogs, Denver dogs, vegetarian dogs and burgers, and all of the usual ball park items.
Behind the center field wall is a landscape decoration that reflects the typical environment of the Rocky Mountains. This landscape area consists of a waterfall, fountains, and pine trees. After a Rockies home run or win, the fountains shoot high into the air.
The park has two large light emitting diode (LED) video displays and one ribbon display in the outfield from Daktronics. The top display, underneath the "Rockies" logo, measures 27 by 47 feet (8 m × 14 m). The second display measure 33 by 73 feet (10 m × 22 m) and is used to give lineups and statistics and as a scoreboard. The field also contains several Daktronics ribbon displays, totaling approximately 833 feet (254 m) in length.
After the close of the 2013 season, renovations began on the right field portion of the upper deck, converted into an outdoor party deck for 2014.
Reputation as a home run-friendly parkEdit
At 5,200 feet (1,580 m) above sea level, Coors Field is by far the highest park in the majors. The next-highest, Chase Field in Phoenix, stands at 1,100 feet (340 m). Designers knew that the stadium would give up a lot of home runs, as the lower air density at such a high elevation would result in balls traveling farther than in other parks. To compensate for this, the outfield fences were placed at an unusually far distance from home plate, thus creating the largest outfield in Major League Baseball today[when?], according to Business Insider. In spite of the pushed-back fences, for many years Coors Field not only gave up the most home runs in baseball, but due to the resultant large field area, the most doubles and triples as well.
In its first decade, the above-average number of home runs earned Coors Field a reputation as the most hitter-friendly park in Major League Baseball, earning the critical nicknames "Coors Canaveral" (a reference to Cape Canaveral, from where NASA launches spacecraft) and "Williamsport" (referring to the site of the Little League World Series, which has been traditionally dominated by batters). Prior to the 2002 baseball season, studies determined that dry air rather than thin air had a greater contribution to the increased frequency of home runs. It was found that baseballs stored in drier air are harder and therefore more elastic to the impact of the bat. To address this problem, a room-sized humidor was installed in order to have a secure place to store the baseballs prior to games. Since its introduction, the number of home runs at Coors Field has decreased and is now nearly the same as other parks.
Regardless of ball humidity, elevation is still a factor in games at Coors Field. The ball does slip more easily through the thin air allowing for longer hits. In addition, the curveball tends to curve less with the thin air than at sea level leading to fewer strikeouts and fewer effective pitches for pitchers to work with.
Coors Field twice broke the major league record for home runs hit in a ballpark in one season. The previous record, 248, had been set at the Angels' original home of Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in 1961, its only year for major league ball. In Coors Field's first year, the home run total fell just 7 short of that mark, despite losing 9 games from the home schedule (or 1/9 of the normal 81) due to the strike that had continued from 1994. The next season, 1996, with a full schedule finally, 271 home runs were hit at Coors Field. In 1999, the current major league record was set at 303. The annual home run figure dropped noticeably in 2002, and has dropped below 200 starting in 2005.
Although the number of home runs hit per season at Coors Field is decreasing, Coors Field still remains the most hitter friendly ballpark in the Major Leagues by a wide margin. From 2012 to 2015, the Colorado Rockies led the league in runs scored in home games, while being last in the league for runs scored in away games. This demonstrates the extreme benefit that Coors Field's low air density provides to hitters.
On September 17, 1996, Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw the first of his two career No-Hit games as the Dodgers won 9–0. Nomo's first No-Hitter at Coors Field is of special note due to the park's overwhelming hitter-friendly reputation (before the usage of the humidors, even), it being the only one thrown there through the 2019 season, as well as Nomo pitching for the visiting team; while still a fairly new park at the time, the Rockies started out in the similarly elevated Mile High Stadium and would naturally be more accustomed to Coors Field's nuances such as the larger fielding area as it is their home field
The 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game took place in Coors Field.
On July 2, 2003, a three-flight escalator malfunctioned, injuring 30 people. One woman, Peggy Nance, eventually would have to have her leg amputated. Overcrowding and a malfunctioning wire were blamed. The Rockies never admitted to any responsibility.
There have been ten 1–0 games in Coors Field history, through the 2018 season. The first 1–0 game at Coors Field was on July 9, 2005, meaning all ten games have occurred since Major League Baseball allowed the Rockies to start using a humidor on May 15, 2002:
- July 9, 2005, Rockies beat the San Diego Padres
- April 16, 2006, Philadelphia Phillies beat the Rockies
- July 25, 2006, St. Louis Cardinals beat the Rockies
- August 1, 2006, Milwaukee Brewers beat the Rockies
- June 11, 2008, Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants
- September 14, 2008, Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings
- September 17, 2008, Rockies beat the San Diego Padres
- July 6, 2009, Rockies beat the Washington Nationals
- June 12, 2010, Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays
- July 4, 2018, Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|July 3, 2015||Zac Brown Band||Big Head Todd & The Monsters||Jekyll and Hyde Tour||38,703 / 38,703||$2,565,497||The first major concert at the ballpark|
|July 29, 2017||Darrell Brown
Madison Ryann Ward
|Welcome Home Tour||39,882 / 43,897||$2,868,048|
|June 28, 2018||Eagles
|—||An Evening with the Eagles 2018||TBA||TBA|
|July 21, 2018||Def Leppard
|The Pretenders||Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour||44,928 / 44,928||$3,820,813|
|August 8, 2019||Billy Joel||—||Billy Joel in Concert||44,744 / 44,744||$5,684,083|
Coors Field also hosted three outdoor ice hockey games in February 2016. First, on February 20, the local Denver Pioneers defeated their arch-rival Colorado College 4–1 in a college match billed as the "Battle on Blake". Then, one week later on February 27, the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5–3 as part of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series. The day before that also hosted the Alumni exhibition game where the Colorado Avalanche alumni defeated their Detroit Red Wings counterparts.
|Date||Winning Team||Result||Losing Team||Event||Spectators|
|February 20, 2016||Denver Pioneers||4–1||Colorado College Tigers||Battle for the Gold Pan||35,144|
|February 26, 2016||Colorado Avalanche Alumni||5–2||Detroit Red Wings Alumni||NHL Alumni Game||43,319|
|February 27, 2016||Detroit Red Wings||5–3||Colorado Avalanche||2016 NHL Stadium Series||50,095|
The "Voice" of Coors FieldEdit
Alan Roach was the main PA announcer since Coors Field opened in 1995. In the spring preceding the 2007 Rockies season, Roach announced his retirement from his post at Coors Field to spend more time over the summer with his family. He did come back to substitute in 2008. Roach is also the PA announcer for the nearby Colorado Avalanche hockey team of the NHL and former PA announcer for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. He also provides voice-overs for local sports introductions in the region, in addition to hosting a local sports talk radio show. He is currently the PA announcer for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He is also one of the voices of the train system at Denver International Airport, and has also been heard as the PA announcer at recent Super Bowls. Reed Saunders, 23, was chosen to be the new voice of Coors Field on March 16, 2007.
In popular cultureEdit
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Coors Field was featured in the movie The Fan (1996) starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The ballpark was also featured in two episodes of South Park: "Professor Chaos" (2002) and "The Losing Edge" (2005).
Coors Field firstsEdit
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Opening Day (April 26, 1995)Edit
|Score||Colorado 11, New York Mets 9|
|First National Anthem||Colorado Children's Chorale|
|First Pitch||5:38 p.m., Bill Swift to Brett Butler|
|First Plate Appearance, First At Bat, First Swing and First Hit||Brett Butler, infield single, 1st inning|
|First Batter to Ground Into Double Play||José Vizcaíno (Mets), turned 6–3, Walt Weiss to Andrés Galarraga|
|First Putout||Walt Weiss put out Brett Butler at second base (during the double play mentioned above)|
|First Extra-Base Hit and First Run Batted In||Larry Walker (Rockies) double in 1st inning|
|First Run||Walt Weiss (Rockies), 1st inning|
|First Flyout and First Sacrifice Fly||Dante Bichette (Rockies), putout by David Segui, scoring Joe Girardi, 1st inning|
|First Strikeout||Bill Swift, struck out (called) David Segui, 2nd inning|
|First Sacrifice Bunt||Bobby Jones (Mets), 3rd inning|
|First Home Run||Rico Brogna (Mets), 4th inning off Swift|
|First Base On Balls||Bobby Jones (Mets) walked Bill Swift, 5th inning|
|First Grand Slam||Todd Hundley (Mets), 6th inning off Swift|
|First Pinch Hitter||John Vander Wal announced for Swift (did not appear), Eric Young pinched for Vander Wal, 6th inning|
|First Relief Pitcher||Jerry DiPoto (Mets), 6th inning|
|First Batter to be Hit By Pitch||Roberto Mejía (Rockies) by DiPoto, 6th inning|
|First Right Field Outfield Assist||Carl Everett (Mets), Vinny Castilla at second base, 6th inning|
|First Wild Pitch||Mike Munoz (Rockies), facing Rico Brogna, 7th inning|
|First Blown Save||Mike Munoz (Rockies), 7th inning; the Mets John Franco and Mike Remlinger recorded the second and third blown saves in the 9th and 14th inning of the same inaugural game|
|First Pinch Runner||Brook Fordyce (Mets), 8th inning|
|First Foul Popfly||Andrés Galarraga (Rockies), fielded by Jeff Kent|
|First Left Field Outfield Assist||Dante Bichette (Rockies), José Vizcaíno at second base, 13th inning|
|Intentional Base On Balls||Todd Hundley (Mets), by pitcher Mark Thompson|
|First Pinch Base Hit||Jim Tatum (Rockies), 13th inning|
|First Error||Tim Bogar (Mets), 14th inning|
|First Walk-off home run (and First Rockies Home Run)||Dante Bichette (Rockies), three-run home run, 14th inning|
|First Stolen Base||Eric Young and Walt Weiss (Rockies) double steal||April 27, 1995|
|First Passed Ball||Joe Girardi (Rockies)||April 27, 1995|
|First Triple||Andrés Galarraga (Rockies)||April 27, 1995|
|First Baserunner Caught Stealing||Carl Everett (Mets), by A.J. Sager / Joe Girardi||April 27, 1995|
|First Back to Back Home Runs||Mike Kingery and Roberto Mejía (Rockies)||May 6, 1995|
|First Center Field Outfield Assist||Raúl Mondesí (Los Angeles Dodgers), Larry Walker at second base||May 6, 1995|
|First Baserunner Picked Off Caught Stealing||Dante Bichette (Rockies) at third base, by Terry Mulholland (San Francisco Giants)||May 11, 1995|
|First Baserunner Picked Off On Base||Brian Jordan (St. Louis Cardinals), by Mark Thompson at 1st base||June 6, 1995|
|First Balk||Marvin Freeman (Rockies)||June 7, 1995|
|First Complete Game and First Shutout||Tom Glavine (Atlanta Braves)||June 16, 1995|
|First Cycle||John Mabry (St. Louis Cardinals); 11th natural cycle in MLB history||May 18, 1996|
|First No-hitter||Hideo Nomo (Los Angeles Dodgers)||September 17, 1996|
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