Coors Field
Coors Field
Coors Field logo.png
Coors Field July 2015.jpg
Address 2001 Blake Street
Location Denver, Colorado
Coordinates 39°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 transit Denver Union Station
Owner Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District
Operator Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Ltd.[1]
Capacity 50,398 (2012-present)[2]
50,490 (2011)
50,445 (2001-2010)
50,381 (1999-2000)
50,200 (1995-1998)
Record attendance 51,267
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
Construction
Broke ground October 16, 1992
Opened April 26, 1995
Construction cost US$300 million
($472 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Project manager CMTS, Inc.[4]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin, Inc.[5]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[6]
General contractor Mortenson/Barton Malow[5]
Main contractors LPR Construction[7]
Havens Steel[5]
Zimmerman Metals[5]
Zimkor Industries[5]
LPR Erectors[5]
Tenants
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. It is named for the Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado, which purchased the naming rights to the park prior to its completion in 1995. The Rockies played their first two seasons, 1993 and 1994, in Mile High Stadium before moving to Coors Field, two blocks from Union Station in Denver's Lower Downtown neighborhood. The park includes 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats.

Construction

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 Sports Authority 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.[8]

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

Features

Main entrance to the ballpark
Extended exposure of Neon lights on the north-east 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 (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.[9]

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.[10]

Reputation as a home run-friendly park

Stadium designers speculated early on that Coors Field would give up a lot of home runs. At 5,200 feet (1,580 m) above sea level, it 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 low air density at such a high elevation would result in balls traveling farther than in other parks. To compensate, the outfield fences were placed at an unusually far distance from home plate, thus creating the largest outfield in Major League Baseball today, according to Business Insider.[11] 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.[12]

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"[13] (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 it was more the dry air rather than thin air which contributed to the more frequent home runs. It was found that baseballs stored in drier air are harder and therefore more elastic to the impact of the bat. A room-sized humidor was installed in which to store the baseballs, and since its introduction the number of home runs at Coors Field has decreased and is now nearly the same as other parks.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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 2012-2015 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.[17]

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

Notable events

MLB

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.[18]

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).[19]

There have been nine 1-0 games in Coors Field history, through the 2015 season. The first 1-0 game at Coors Field was on July 9, 2005,[20][21] meaning all nine games have occurred since Major League Baseball allowed the Rockies to start using a humidor on May 15, 2002:[22]

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.[32]

On August 7, 2016, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 3,000th MLB career hit: a seventh-inning triple off Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin.[33]

Concerts

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 42,000 -- The first major concert at the ballpark

Ice Hockey

Coors Field also hosted two outdoor ice hockey games in February 2016. First, on February 20, the local Denver Pioneers defeated their arch-rival Colorado College 4-1[34] in a college match billed as the "Battle on Blake".[35] Then, one week later on February 27, the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3[34] as part of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series.[36][37]

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.[38] The ballpark was also featured in two episodes of South Park: "Professor Chaos" (2002) and "The Losing Edge" (2005).[39]

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 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 Coors Field history in the 9th and 14th innings of this same inaugural game, respectively
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 (and, of course, the first Complete Game Shutout) Tom Glavine (Atlanta Braves) June 16, 1995
First Hitting for the 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
Unassisted Triple Play Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) April 29, 2007

References

  1. ^ "Sports Business Resource Guide & Fact Book" (PDF). Street's and Smith's. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ Groke, Nick (April 2, 2014). "Rockies' Rooftop party deck at Coors Field "another dimension", Dick Monfort says". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2016. 
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "Coors Field - Denver, Colorado". CMTS, Inc. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Coors Field Baseball Stadium" (PDF). Modern Steel Construction. April 1998. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ "Colorado Rockies Ballpark - Denver, Colorado". M-E Engineers, Inc. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Coors Field". LPR Construction. Retrieved 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dinger, Colorado Rockies mascot". 
  9. ^ "Colorado Rockies, Coors Field". Daktronics. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rooftop Deck". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "CHART: MLB Ballpark Sizes Show the Immense Difference Between Fenway Park and Coors Field". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ Lowry, Phillip (2005). Green Cathedrals. New York City: Walker & Company. ISBN 0-8027-1562-1. 
  13. ^ Armstrong, Jim (June 13, 1999). "Opening Shots". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ Renck, Troy E. (June 21, 2006). "More Humidors Likely on Horizon". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2007. 
  15. ^ Kalk, Josh (June 17, 2008). "What to pack for Denver". Hardball Times. Retrieved 2013. 
  16. ^ "Coors Field in Denver, Colorado". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ "How do Ballpark Factors Affect Batters for MLB DFS? (part 1) - DFS STRATEGY". DFS STRATEGY. 2016-03-24. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ Henry, Ray (September 1, 2012). "Police: Fan, 20, Was Drinking Before Ga. Dome Fall". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ "Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies - Recap - April 23, 2013 - ESPN". ESPN. Associated Press. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Padres vs. Rockies Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. July 9, 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  21. ^ a b Associated Press (10 July 2005). "Rockies win Coors Field's 1st 1-0 game". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ Bodley, Hal (May 14, 2002). "Baseball Gives Rockies' Humidor Its OK". USA Today. Retrieved 2013. 
  23. ^ "Phillies vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. April 16, 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  24. ^ "Cardinals vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. July 25, 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  25. ^ "Brewers vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. August 1, 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  26. ^ "Giants vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. June 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  27. ^ Only scoreless game through nine innings at Coors Field.
  28. ^ "Dodgers vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  29. ^ "Padres vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. September 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  30. ^ "Nationals vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. July 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  31. ^ "Blue Jays vs. Rockies - Recap". ESPN. Associated Press. June 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  32. ^ "2007 World Series". Baseball Almanac. 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  33. ^ Associated Press (7 August 2016). "Rusin gives up Ichiro's 3,000th hit, Rockies lose to Marlins". USA Today. Retrieved 2017. 
  34. ^ a b Groke, Nick (20 February 2016). "Big hockey crowd at Coors Field sees Denver play like kids vs Colorado College". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2017. 
  35. ^ "Game Time, On-Sale Date for the 'Battle on Blake' Announced" (Press release). Denver Pioneers. September 14, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  36. ^ Dater, Adrian (January 2, 2011). "Odds of Denver Hosting the Next Winter Classic". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2013. 
  37. ^ "NHL announces 2016 Winter Classic, Stadium Series". NHL.com. NHL.com. January 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  38. ^ Roberts, Michael (29 May 2013). "Photos: Ten biggest Hollywood movie misses filmed in Colorado". Westword. Retrieved 2017. 
  39. ^ Pahigian, Josh; O'Connell, Kevin (2012). The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, 2nd: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 361-362. ISBN 0762783915. 

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


Coors_Field



 


US Cities - Things to Do