Micheal Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark:
Coors Field has the Sandlot Brewery (the birthplace of what is now
Blue Moon Belgian White) on the Blake Street side. The ballpark
features a purple row of seats that mark exactly 1 mile above sea
level. If you're sitting on the 1st base side, right field, or the
Rockpile, you get one of the best views in all of sports...the Rocky
Mountains. The playing field is huge, which allows for a lot of
doubles and a few triples. Right field is considerably short for
altitude and the wind tends to blow to right-center, which makes a
perfect scenario for homeruns. The batter's eye features ivy growing
up the wall and just below it is a small landscape with native
trees, rock formations, and rapids. Most ad displays are off the
playing surface walls, which prevents distractions and eye sores.
The ballpark seats over 50,000, and since the Rockies have been
making the playoffs regularly, the fans have made it one of the
loudest ballparks in the majors. The ballpark rarely gets
rained/snowed out, despite Denver being in a unique weather
environment. Alan Roach was the PA Announcer for several years. The
new guy they have is not as good, but he is still much better than
most around the majors, in my opinion. Oh, and Coors Field is across
the street from Breckenridge Brewery.
Cons of the ballpark: I
wish Coors Field would have incorporated outfield views of downtown
Denver. The shadows and sunlight tend to become distractions to
first basemen and right fielders in afternoon games. Though some of
the cheapest seating in the majors, the Rockpile in center fields is
very far from the action and it tends to get windy and cold up
there. Alan Roach is no longer the PA Announcer (currently the PA
Announcer for the Broncos and the Super Bowl). The upper deck in
right-center is also far from the action, and homeruns rarely come
close to reaching up there. They serve Rocky Mountain oysters as
Additional Comments: I
believe Coors Field will remain one of baseball's finest ballparks
for several years. It is so unique in many ways, and with the recent
success of the Rockies, television audiences and tourists will have
more opportunities to check out this amazing ballpark.
By: Taylor Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark:
Great setting for baseball. Lots of oppurtunities for offense with the
expansive outfield. Great sightlines all around the ballpark. The food
is great, & there's plenty of service. The scoreboard is huge, & you'll
almost always be able to see the game details. It's a great atmosphere
for baseball, the fans are amazing, & the franchise is really on the
upswing right now.
Cons of the ballpark: The
upper deck seats in right field may add fans, & character, but it's very
hard to see the game from up there. The replay board is a bit small, but
that's not a huge concern. Lastly, the food is fairly expensive, but it
is a sporting event after all.
Additional Comments: One
of the best views is from the upper deck behind the plate. I encourage
you to see a game from there. The tickets are very cheap, & it's an
amazing view of the entire ballpark.
By: Marc Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: The architects got the sightlines
absolutely correct. The concourses are wide and you can never
lose sight of the field unless you turn your back to it. Go
out to right field and you can overlook the bullpens. Since
the Rockies stink right now, lots of people are selling tickets
outside at way below face value. I sat 12 rows behind the
first base dugout for 10 bucks-fantastic experience!
Cons of the ballpark: Make sure you know where you are going
to park. A lot of private lots offer you a better deal, but
you have to be careful because the lots are not monitored. The
prices are a bit high. Personally, I would have rotated the
park 190 degrees so that downtown Denver was visible behind the
bleachers, but I know this is impossible because then the Sun sets
in the batter's eyes.
Additional Comments: This park reminds me a lot of Comerica
Park. The difference is that the Tigers have a century of
history and fans, so all of the little "extras" are not the focus of
coming to the game. In Denver, it seems to be the reverse.
Except for 1995 and the hey-day of the Blake St. Bombers, this team
has not had much success, so the fans don't seem to care too much
about the game.
Submitted By: Mark Hedman Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Coors field has a great atmosphere.
It's very close to the field because of the lack of foul ground
territory. The fans are great base ball fans. I love the ballpark's
old age looks mixed in with the new age feel. Even after the game,
the lodo nightlife feels relaxed and fun. A great show for groups to
go to. Plenty of seats!
Cons of the ballpark: Coors field needs to improve it's food
greatly! Come on, $5.50 for nachos, get real! The food is way to
expensive for the amount and quality you get.
Additional Comments: Coors field is a great show of its own.
It has large aisles and seats. It is very comfortable and very fun
to watch a game in. Also, lots of hitting action at coors.
Submitted By: Scott Walker Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: Perfect site lines. Can walk a full 360
degrees around the concourse and not lose site of the field. Saw 3
games there summer of 2002, 2 day games 1 night. Just had an
absolutely great time. Field is very close to downtown, no problem
getting there. LOTS of bars and rest. surrounding the park. After a
night games the streets are alive with fans popping in and out of
Cons of the ballpark: everything is expensive, but the prices
are the same at the pepsi center and at invesco at mile high also.
Additional Comments: Going back this summer to see more
games, loved Denver and was just blown away by Coors Field.
Submitted By: Jeff Nix Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: This is my home ballpark and from what
is already not mentioned I love to buy $3 seat and then go stand on
the concourse behind homeplate and watch the entire game from there.
Its the only park you can do this at, I see the same view as those
paying $30 only I have to stand and not sit (I guess only a good
idea if you are a dedicated fan). Really not a bad seat in the
house, and if you don't like your seat go stand anywhere on the main
concourse and watch the game from close up.
Cons of the ballpark: High priced food, personally I think
the stadium tries to hard to get fans into the game with the use of
the scoreboard telling fans to get louder.
Additional Comments: Modeled after Camden Yards, I feel is
the #1 modern ballpark. Was number 1 on my list till I finally
got to go to a classic Wrigley Field. Can't wait to go to
Boston and NY.
Submitted By: Jim Morrison Grade: B
Pros of the ballpark: Coors field has to be one of the most
beautiful parks in the Major leagues. The seats are perfectly
configured around the diamond. It's just all out immaculate,
nothing too extravagant and nothing too boring. The monster
right field overhang is a huge characteristic of the park and has
seen it's fair share of homeruns. The food is pretty good,
many concession stands and bathrooms. Though the fans are used
to horrible season from their Rockies, they seem to get up for any
game, even if the Rockies are playing the Brewers. A great
experience for a true baseball fan.
Cons of the ballpark: A few minor things wrong with the ball
park. First, the setting. No offense to anyone who lives
in Colorado or Denver but Coors field would fit much better out of
the mountains. The cold coupled with Thunderstorms can make
for a dank day at the ballpark. When I saw the Rockies play
the Red Sox it rained the whole time with no sun in sight. The
ballpark itself needs a bigger scoreboard. If you sit in the
grand stand in Center Field, you may as well bring your telescope to
even have a chance to see the game.
Additional Comments: Transportation is easy, parking maybe a
little of a hassle but everything is within a couple city blocks of
the stadium. One positive is all the bars and Restaurants
surrounding the Stadium!
Submitted By: Tony Schmitz Grade: A
Pros of the ballpark: "Build it and they will come".
That's no joke, Coors Field led the Majors in Attendance its first 5
seasons. I've been to This place more than any other stadium.
I love this place. I've been there several times 3 times in
2004 (drove from Nebraska to see my Rox) and still not tired of it.
It is the only retro classic ballpark I've been to so I cant really
compare it to others. Coors has a very nice and helpful staff.
The food is awesome!!! You have to go get a Denver Dog when your
there (only available at Top Dog concessions). The seats are
comfortable even the rockpile bleachers are nice a bit far from the
action but an awesome view of the rocky mtns. and Downtown Denver.
was last there during a double header vs Arizona and there was
nobody there which was expected, got 2 games for 4 bucks. Plus
received a free hat pin and coupon for a free April '05 ticket! :) A
friend of mine and i walked around the entire stadium. The
ushers didn't seem to care much about us roaming around all the
seating sections in the upper deck anyway. During batting
practice you can go down to field level and they wont do a thing.
Got some awesome pictures from field level. And scouted for
seats to future games. Really not a bad seat in the house.
my brother even got a ball in the LF bleachers during BP.
Cons of the ballpark: I really can't think of any cons at
this ballpark. Well back in June when I was there they were
playing SF and every time the Rockies walked Bonds the fans booed
them! Why do you want him to hit a home run against us! Than I
realized that most of the people there didn't come to see the Rox
they wanted to see bonds and didn't give a care if the Rockies won
or not. Thats one downfall the Rox have. They don't seem
to have a lot of diehards yet since there such a young team and the
older fans already have a favorite and would have to convert to be a
fan. give them ten years and then we'll hopefully see more
Additional Comments: Coors Field is a perfect fit for the
Rockies. If they would have never got this place built and
were still stuck in Mile High they would have been contracted.
I know people that come to the game just to go to coors field. I
kind of have a problem with these people but hey it sells tickets i
guess. There are people there that are baseball smart I've
talked to many people there that know the Rox inside and out just
like me. You can tell these people right away there the ones
that are actually watching the game and predicting what move the
Rockies will do next not wondering around hitting the bars, cafe's
and gift shops and booing the Home team when the are being smart (by
walking bonds at coors Field). Once they get this young staff
developed we'll start seeing more baseball fans.
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