Coors Field
Denver, Colorado
Year Opened
1995

Current Team
Colorado Rockies

Affiliate
N/A

League
National League

Capacity
50,200

My Grades
Stadium A- Atmosphere A- Concessions A+

Photos taken in 2003
Coors Field doesn't break any new ground in terms of ballpark architecture, but this doesn't prevent it from being a great place to see a ballgame. Set in the Lower Downtown district, the park really feels like it has been there for many years. Partly this is because of the existing brick building that was turned into a ballpark brewery, but also there are several shops and cafes that really give the park a sense of belonging. While the red brick facade has become too common, it fits in well here because of the other red brick buildings that surround it. The layout of the interior is familiar - a lower deck, a club level, and a large upper deck. There are also bleacher seats in left field and the "Rockpile" in centerfield. Unfortunately, the seats seem to be a bit narrower than in other new parks - maybe this is part of the reason they were able to make the capacity larger. Field level seats are close to the field, but a gentle slope deteriorates the sightlines slightly. The upper decks seats are quite high as a result of the club level and luxury boxes being built on top of the lower deck. The views of the Rocky Mountains are spectacular from the upper deck, though - especially on the first base side. One aspect of the seating that is a bit unique is the second level of seating in rightfield, which is almost completely covered. As with most new ballparks, concessions are a highlight. The Rockies offer almost anything one could desire : several types of hot dogs (Chicago, Denver, Tucson, New York), foot long brats, sushi, burritos, deli sandwiches, and everyone's favorite - Rocky Mountain Oysters. While the prices are high, portions are large and the quality is excellent. There is also a sit down restaurant, located along the concourse, which is open to the public. The atmosphere at Coors Field is quite laid back. Fans are tolerant and don't seem to boo much. The music could be turned down a bit, but that's only a minor complaint. Also, the team does some between inning contests which seem a bit "minor league". I'm not sure that these are necessary at a major league game. Parking is plentiful around the park, either in private lots or team lots. Expect to pay $7-$15. The great setting and atmosphere combined with the unpredictability of the games played here make Coors Field a fun place to visit.
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