No. 19: Coors Field in Denver

You won’t find many places in Major League Baseball with a better view than Coors Field.

The boy in the cap caught German Marquez’s home run on July 11 at his first MLB game

As we watched the sun set over the Rocky Mountains from the upper deck — in the Mile High Row — Patti remarked that it was the “best view” in all of baseball. It’s hard to argue.

Coors Field became one of our favorite venues on the Home Run On Wheels stadium tour. We were also thankful to the Colorado Rockies for donating 30 tickets to Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.

One of the children from LFSRM even got a home run ball hit by Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the fifth inning of a 19-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Patti says  (3 RVs)

As with most stadiums there are multiple options for getting to Coors Field.

One of those is light rail, and you can take unlimited rides on bus and rail all day for the price of a round-trip. We opted to park in a parking garage at the bus depot and walk over. I would recommend this as there are plenty of places to visit along the walk to the ballpark.

Ron says

Having a downtown stadium can be both a good and bad thing. Coors Field sits right off the Interstate 25 freeway. The exit, especially onto 20th street, does get congested the closer you get to the the start. We went on a Wednesday, so traffic from people trying to get to the game for a 6:40 p.m. start time was multiplied by rush-hour traffic from people leaving work.

We found affordable parking in a garage just a few blocks from the stadium. The Rockies do have five official lots that are rather confusing to find despite signs. The main lot, between Park Avenue West and 22nd Street, was especially difficult to drive to because of one-way streets surrounding the area. That official lot costs between $16 and $20 and you can pay using either cash or card.

ATMOSPHERE:

Patti says

The Rockies truly have a gorgeous place in which to play.

From the fountain and trees in center field and the bull pens to the view of their namesake Rocky Mountains, Coors Field is a visual treat. I don’t know how the thin air contributed, but we most certainly witnessed a slugfest and the fans appreciated their team. I do not believe there is a bad seat in the house, and if you get the opportunity to check out the different angles you should do so. Of course, it could cost you a home run ball.

Ron says

When the home team scores 19 runs, you can bet the fans are really enjoying the game. Rockies fans were engaged and loud on the night we visited Coors Field.

Sunset over the Rocky Mountains as seen from the Purple Row at Coors Field

There are several things to love about Coors Field, beginning with the view of downtown Denver behind home plate and the Rocky Mountains beyond the outfield.

As we do at every stadium, we left our seats in the outfield to explore. We got something to eat and drink on the main concourse level and then went upstairs to the aforementioned Mile High seats. It wasn’t intentional, but we had perfect timing and were able to see the sun set behind the Rockies.

There was a good crowd there for a Wednesday and many of them were jammed into “The Rooftop,” a popular spot atop the stadium in right field. It offers some of the best views and it’s where we were when Marquez hit that home run into the section we had vacated.

FOOD: 

Patti and Ron both say:

Patti was brave enough to try the Rocky Mountain Oysters (bull testicles). Ron was not. They have two options from which to choose and Patti chose the Po’ Boy — topped with garlic slaw, guacamole, green chili ranch, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. She is happy she tried it, but never needs to eat another one, as they are “chewy”.

Ron got a “Helton Burger” — named for Rockies great Todd Helton. It’s a good-sized burger that is also very tasty. Fries are sold separately, but the two combined more than satisfied his hunger.

The “Helton Burger” is sold at the Helton Burger Shack — which Ian Desmond hit with his home run deep into the left-field concourse. Helton Burger Shack is just one of the many places with a huge variety at Coors Field to grab a bite. There are also more than 35 spots to get a hot dog if you want to keep it simple — and inexpensive.

The CHUBurger, found at The Rooftop, and skewered strawberries covered in drizzled chocolate, sold by mobile vendors in every section, are two of the favorite food items at Coors Field.

VALUE: 

Patti and Ron both say: 

Coors Field is very affordable. Weekday tickets can be found for under $5 and premium weekend tickets can be purchased for as little as $18. Rooftop-only tickets start at just $15 and that includes a $6 concession credit.

The concessions are also reasonable with some of the lowest prices in all of baseball. It’s not cheap, but no MLB stadium is, and you won’t go broke eating or drinking at Coors Field.

MISCELLANEOUS / EXTRAS: 

Ron and Patti in the Purple Row

No matter where you sit at Coors Field, make it a point to venture up top to the “Purple Row.” It runs the entire length of the upper deck in the 20th row and is special because those seats are exactly 5,280 feet above sea level — or a mile high.

From the “Purple Row,” you can see everything beyond the outfield with the Rocky Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop.

After watching the sunset, we ventured over to The Rooftop, which was packed and also provided us views of the mountains and the downtown Denver skyline.

But those are not the only two things we found remarkable at Coors Field.

The Coors Field center-field backdrop is stunning

The batter’s eye area behind the center-field wall might be the most beautiful in all of baseball. It is perfectly Colorado with several evergreen trees, fountains, a small waterfall cascading over the many rocks situated in the section that bleeds into the bullpens.

No other stadium has actual trees lining the bullpens, but Coors Field does and it’s a wondrous sight.

The Buckaroos kids zone is a great place to take younger children who might get bored with the game. That area also houses a special kids concessions stand with very affordable prices. For older kids — those over 21 years old — Coors Field is the only MLB stadium with its own brewery.

The SandLot Brewery is at the corner of 22nd and Blake Street inside Coors Field and alcohol sales continue throughout the entirety of the game. Alcohol is not permitted to leave the taproom after the seventh-inning stretch, however.

THE CITY OF DENVER: 

Denver is a neat city with plenty to do, especially if you love the outdoors. Obviously the area is popular with skiers in the winter, but the summer months are excellent for hiking. We don’t fish, but there are also several local streams and lakes that are recommended fishing holes.

Red Rocks in Colorado

We were more interested in getting Holmes out for a hike and we wanted to see the famed music venue at Red Rocks. We were not disappointed and there was even a concert going on at the venue known for its naturally superb acoustics.

With the sound of Moe echoing around us, we trekked up the trail and were amazed by the scenic landscape. Holmes is happiest when he transforms into his mountain goat alter ego and he pretty much led the way up the trails at Red Rocks. Seeing a concert ourselves there, instead of just hearing the music bounce off the rocks, was instantly added to our bucket list.

We also found several places to eat and some good craft breweries in the area. We wanted to take a tour of the Coors brewery in Golden and I would have loved to see the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, but we ran out of time.

That will be on the itinerary for our next trip to the Mile High City — after we see a concert at Red Rocks.

Home Run On Wheels, Home Run On Wheels

Follow Ron and Patti as they travel in their RV to all 30 MLB stadiums in 2018. Along the way, they will write stadium reviews, talk about food, baseball and life in an RV, and how you can help a child in need.
There will also be features with MLB players and other sports figures along the way.

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