Colorado Rockies opening day will be on a Friday, and on April 1 -- no joke
Salt River Fields
Major League pitchers and catchers report to spring training today -- Valentine's Day. Which is appropriate considering how little most of the guys will see their loved ones over the next seven or eight months. But the brand spanking new Spring Training facility for the Colorado Rockies, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, may ease some of the pain.
Another big change this year: Opening Day will take place on a Friday rather than a Monday for the first time since 1905. Backing the opening up by three days will likely help keep the post season from running into Halloween.
The change may also drive fans -- who sell out Coors Field for the opener, but often shy away from the rest of the predictably freezing weekday games that week -- to the ballpark.
"As usual, we are all subject to the whims of the Denver weather in April," says Rockies spokesman Jay Alves. "If the weather is good, we anticipate great crowds all weekend."
And that's no joke, despite the fact that Opening Day also falls on April Fool's Day -- which will hopefully prove laughable for the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks. "No April Fool's jokes are planned... just plenty of fun and excitement," Alves says.
More from our Sports archive: "Proof that the Colorado Rockies have the biggest balls."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Westword's biggest stories.
- Reader: People Who Bitch About Peyton Manning Are NFL Nutsacks
Wed., Dec. 9, 7:00pm
Wed., Dec. 9, 8:00pm
Fri., Dec. 11, 7:00pm
Fri., Dec. 11, 7:35pm
- Four Denver-Area Restaurants That Said Goodbye in November & 22 New Arrivals
- 4/20 + 7/10 = 11/30 Danksgiving in Our Marijuana Calendar