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Coors Field

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Coors Field in Denver, Colorado is the home of the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team. It is named for the Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado, which purchased the naming rights to the stadium prior to its completion in 1995.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 2001 Blake Street
Denver, Colorado 80204
Broke ground October 16, 1992
Opened April 26, 1995
Replaced Mile High Stadium
Owner Denver Metropolitan
Baseball Stadium District
Surface Grass
Construction cost $215M
($168M taxpayers,
$47M Rockies)
Architect HOK Sport
Colorado Rockies (1993-present)
Seating capacity
50,200 (1995)
50,381 (1999)
Left Field - 347 ft
Left-Center - 390 ft
Center Field - 415 ft
Right-Center - 375 ft
Right Field - 350 ft
Backstop - 56 ft

The team had played its first two years at Mile High Stadium before moving to Coors Field, two blocks from Union Station in Denver's Lower Downtown (or LoDo) neighborhood. The stadium includes 63 luxury suites and 4,500 club seats.

The stadium is best known for its reputation as a homer-friendly park. Though the fences are actually more distant than in most other stadiums, the high altitudeóthe playing field is just barely short of a mile above sea levelómeans that air resistance to hit baseballs is cut by as much as 10% in relation to that at sea level. The reduced air resistance at high altitude also lessens the ability of pitchers to throw effective breaking balls. These altitude effects, the open spaces in the outfield due to the distant fences, the low height of the fences, and the small size of foul territory have combined to produce a stadium as problematic for pitchers as any in the major leagues.

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The stadium was originally planned to be somewhat smaller, seating only 43,800. After the Rockies first season in 1993, however, it became clear that the team was far more popular than initially expected, and the plans were updated as the stadium was under construction. Most of the additional seats were added in the center field bleacher section, known as the Rockpile.

Most of the seats in Coors Field are dark green, but the seats in the 20th row of the upper deck are purple. This Purple Row is exactly one mile above sea level.

Despite all the offense, a no-hitter was thrown at Coors Field by Hideo Nomo on September 17, 1996. It is the only one at Coors as of this writing.

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Coors Field's impressive Jumbotron.

Photo by DOD (SSGT Ricky A. Bloom, USAF) with only slight modifications ;)

04/26/1995 Mets 9, Rockies 11 (14 innings)
Umpires Terry Bovey, Joe Padilla
  Mike Riggers, Dick Jackson
Managers Don Baylor, Rockies
  Dallas Green, Mets
Starting Pitchers Bill Swift, Rockies
  Bobby Jones, Mets
Ceremonial Pitch Peter Coors, President of Coors
  Frank Stermole, contest winner
Attendance 47,228
Batter Brett Butler (single)
Hit Brett Butler (single)
Run Walt Weiss
RBI Larry Walker
Single Brett Butler
Double Larry Walker
Triple Andres Galarraga (04/27/1995)
Home Run Rico Brogna
Grand Slam Todd Hundley
IPHR Ellis Burks (06/14/1996)
Stolen Base Eric Young, Walt Weiss (04/27/1995)
Sacrifice Hit Bobby Jones
Sacrifice Fly Dante Bichette
Cycle John Mabry (05/18/1996)
Win Mark Thompson
Loss Mike Remlinger
Shutout Tom Galvine (06/16/1995)
Save Bruce Ruffin (05/03/1995)
Hit by Pitch Jerry DiPoto hit Roberto Mejia
Wild Pitch Mike Munoz
Balk Marvin Freeman (06/07/1995)
No-Hitter Hideo Nomo (09/17/1996)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Books related to Coors Field:
Places Around the Bases: A Historic Tour of the Coors Field Neighborhood by Diane Bakke and Jackie Davis.

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Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
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Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
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The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
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Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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