Coors Field Information
- Location: Denver, Colorado
- Address: 2001 Blake Street
- Capacity: 50,490
- Preceded By: Mile High Stadium
- Year Opened: 1995
- Occupants: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies were one of two expansion teams to begin play in 1993 and the new ballclub was embraced immediately by the Denver faithful. The Rockies' new stadium was still under construction during the team's first two years, so they played their first season in Mile High Stadium. As the home of the NFL's Denver Broncos, the building dwarfed other ballparks in the National League and the Rockies managed to set a number of attendance records. A staggering 4,483,350 fans came to see the Rockies during 1993, illustrating the groundswell of support for the new team. Over the course of the team's two seasons at Mile High, they managed to draw 60,000 fans to a game 52 times and 70,000 fans 21 times.
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995, and fans and media members alike raved about the new ballpark. Stadium planners took great pains to combine the charm of classic ballparks like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, with the many modern amenities fans had come to expect. With a capacity of just over 50,000 when it first opened, Coors Field instantly became one of the largest stadiums in the National League. The ballpark boasts spacious concourses that allow fans a complete view of the field from any of the concession areas. Getting there is easy as well, with access to light rail, buses, extensive parking, and other forms of public transportation.
Due to the high altitude of Coors Field (about a mile above sea level), the ballpark is known for its strange effect on curveballs and its propensity for home runs. In 1999, the Rockies and their opponents combined for an astounding 303 home runs over the course of the season, a record that still stands today.
Coors Field was the scene of a miraculous comeback and one of the franchise's greatest moments in 2007 when the team won 14 of 15 games, including a wild card game that lasted 13 innings, to get into the playoffs. The team surged all the way to the World Series and the Rockies continue to be a force in the National League race today. With its dedicated fans, crisp mountain air, and pulse-pounding action on the field, Coors Field is one of the most beloved ballparks in Major League Baseball.