You didn't think I would go to Denver and NOT visit Coors Field did you?
Of course not. The baseball junkie in me wouldn't allow it. And right before I headed to the airport, I dragged my colleagues to Coors Field for a Tour and even they were glad I did. Coors Field is a very underrated ballpark in terms of it's appearance and overall feel.
- First and foremost, Coors Field is old school in field. It's located in the city of Denver, not too far from their Union Station. Shocking for me, because I always felt, or rather envisioned it, out in the middle of nowhere. Much like Fenway and Wrigley, Coors is walkable, and fits right into the area it calls home with a red brick exterior and a facade that is similar to the theme of the surrounding buildings.
- Can't say it enough, the fences and arches of Coors Field are awesome.
- The purple seats that line the stadium in the upper deck marks exactly 5280 feet above sea level. Another fun fact is that field itself actually is below sea level. Wrap your mind around that and the elevation that is Denver, Colorado.
- The field is MASSIVE. Yes, you always hear it's the biggest outfield in baseball, but when you see it in person, it's even bigger than you imagined. It's HUGE!
- The right field renovation of adding restaurants and attractions is a nice touch. The wrap around of that section adds to the park's ambiance, and also seems like a really cool place to watch a ball game in the summer.
- One the other side, the opening once again gives a view to the Colorado mountains. Nice touch for a ball game and probably makes for an awesome experience.
- I also learned that the field is heated for six-to-eight weeks over the Winter to keep the grass fresh and the snow from ruining the field. One of the few teams in baseball that has this feature.
Wrapping it all up, Coors Field is tremendous. Like PETCO Park did, Coors was surprising in it's beauty and overall feel. Definitely of the better ballparks I've been to.
15 down, now time to tackle the other half of baseball.