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Coors Field
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A Rockies baseball game in 2015
Coors Field is located in Colorado
Coors Field
Coors Field
Location in Colorado
Coors Field is located in the United States
Coors Field
Coors Field
Location in the United States
Address2001 Blake Street
LocationDenver, Colorado
Coordinates39°45?22?N 104°59?39?W / 39.75611°N 104.99417°W / 39.75611; -104.99417Coordinates: 39°45?22?N 104°59?39?W / 39.75611°N 104.99417°W / 39.75611; -104.99417
Public transitRTD:
Mainline rail interchange A 
Mainline rail interchange B 
Tram interchange  C 
Tram interchange  E 
Tram interchange  W 
at Denver Union Station
OperatorColorado Rockies Baseball Club Ltd.[1]
Capacity46,897, 50,144 with standing room (2018-present)[2]
50,398 (2012-2017)[3]
50,490 (2011)
50,445 (2001-2010)
50,381 (1999-2000)
50,200 (1995-1998)
Record attendance51,267
Field sizeLeft 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) CoorsFieldDimensions.svg
SurfaceKentucky Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass
Broke groundOctober 16, 1992
OpenedApril 26, 1995
Construction costUS$300 million
($503 million in 2019 dollars[4])
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)
Project managerCMTS, Inc.[5]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin, Inc.[6]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractorMortenson/Barton Malow[6]
Main contractorsLPR Construction[8]
Havens Steel[6]
Zimmerman Metals[6]
Zimkor Industries[6]
LPR Erectors[6]
Colorado Rockies (MLB) (1995-present)

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.

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 has hosted the 1998 MLB All-Star Game, an outdoor hockey game from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series, and numerous concerts.


Coors Field was the first new stadium added in a six-year period in which Denver's sports venues were upgraded, along with Ball Arena and Empower Field 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.[9]

Coors Field was the first major league park with an underground heating system.


Main entrance to the ballpark
Extended exposure of neon lights on the northeast corner above the Blue Moon Brewery.

While most of the seats in Coors Field are dark green, the seats in the 20th row of the upper deck are purple to mark the elevation of one mile (5280 ft; 1,609 m) above sea level.

Coors Field sold out at night.

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.[10]

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.[11]

Reputation as a home run-friendly park

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.[12] 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.[13]

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"[14] (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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

Panorama of Coors Field on the night of Game 4 of the 2007 World Series

Notable events


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.

In 2011, a man fell to his death when he was attempting to slide down a stair railing during the 7th inning of a Rockies-Diamondbacks game.[19]

On April 23, 2013, Rockies and Braves played in the coldest game since MLB began tracking game time temperature in 1991, at 23 °F (-5 °C).[20]

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,[21][22] meaning all ten games have occurred since Major League Baseball allowed the Rockies to start using a humidor on May 15, 2002:[23]

Panorama of Coors Field during Todd Helton's final home game. This was also the final game played at the stadium before the removal of part of the right field upper deck.

Games 3 and 4 of the 2007 World Series between the Rockies and the Boston Red Sox were held at Coors Field. The Red Sox swept both games to win the title.[34]

On August 7, 2016, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 3,000th MLB career hit: a seventh-inning triple off Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin.[35]


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
Jimmy Buffett
-- 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

Ice Hockey

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[36] in a college match billed as the "Battle on Blake".[37] Then, one week later on February 27, the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3[36] as part of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series.[38][39] 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[40]
February 27, 2016 Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Colorado Avalanche 2016 NHL Stadium Series 50,095

The "Voice" of Coors Field

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 culture

Coors Field was featured in the movie The Fan (1996) starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes.[41] The ballpark was also featured in two episodes of South Park: "Professor Chaos" (2002) and "The Losing Edge" (2005).[42]

"Acclaim Sports Park", featured on All-Star Baseball 2004 and 2005, is a mirrored image of Coors Field.[43]

Coors Field firsts

Opening Day (April 26, 1995)

Statistic Player(s)/Team
Score Colorado 11, New York Mets 9
14 innings
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

Later firsts

Statistic Person(s) Date
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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