Coors Field: Ten things you probably didn't know about the home of the Rockies
Most of the time, a trip to Coors Field is a great escape, what with the baseball, beer and (usually) sunshine.
But sometimes, like at Monday's home opener, you need an escape from your escape, whether its a new part of the park to explore or a factoid to ponder.
10. It's a brick house: More accurately, it's a house made of 1.4 million bricks. Amazingly, each brick has the words "Coors Field" engraved into it. Based on an average brick's weight of 4.5 pounds, the ones used to make Coors Field together weigh 3,150 tons.
9. The area around the water feature is 100 percent Colorado: The seven water fountains and surrounding nature area in center field are so very Colorado you could camp there -- if that kind of activity was allowed. The area features seven different kinds of Colorado trees, as well as Navajo ruby sandstone and granite marble boulders. The fountains shoot forty feet into the air after Rockies home runs and wins, as well as before the game and during the seventh-inning stretch. The fountain and waterfall system uses 3,200 gallons of recycled water per minute. The only thing not from Colorado in the area is the occasional baseball.
8. It now has history: In honor of the 20th season of Rockies baseball, the organization opened a Hall of History this year. Located on the club level, the Hall features more than 8,000 artifacts. No, a World Series trophy isn't one of them, but fans can see things like the jersey Eric Young wore when he hit a home run in the first major league at-bat in franchise history.
7. It gets heated: Snow is always a possibility in April and May at Coors Field, as well as in October if the Rockies are lucky enough to still be playing then. And who needs to risk a back strain while shoveling the white stuff off the field when you can melt it away. Under the three-acre field are 45 miles worth of heated cables that not only melt the cold stuff, but help to green up the grass in the springtime.
6. The purple seats are a mile high: Denver residents like to think the entire city sits evenly at a mile above sea level, but when at Coors Field fans have a reminder of how far they have to climb to be exactly a mile high. Fans sitting in the row of 865 purple seats located in the upper deck of the stadium are 5,280 feet above sea level, and should probably bring some binoculars.
5. Go to the game for a buck: Granted, you have to be under twelve or older than 55, but $1 for a major league baseball game is pretty good. Both groups can buy Rockpile tickets for four quarters, but from Coors Field box offices only. Not that we're advocating deception (Okay, maybe we are), but those in the middle age range can offer to pay a little kid a dollar to buy them dollar tickets and you're still going to the game for only two bucks. Deal.
4. It has the freshest Blue Moon: Blue Moon Brewing at the Sandlot, inside Coors Field, brews Blue Moon beer to the same specifications as the large Coors brewery in Golden, but some bars around town order the brew specifically from the Sandlot because they believe it is fresher. The Sandlot is open only during Rockies games and only to ticket holders.
This is actually a jail cell at Alcatraz, but after seventeen beers and unruly behavior, you won't notice the difference.
3. You can get locked up: We've all probably sat next to or have been the person who has one or six too many beers and starts yelling at the shortstop to "At least hustle down to third base since you're making all that damn money!" When that person decides to show the shortstop how to do it themselves and runs onto the field, they get thrown into holding cells hidden in the depths of the stadium. "They're used from time to time for unruly fans," says Rockies spokesman Jay Alves. They're not really jail cells, but are there to be used "as seen fit by the Denver Police Department."
2. It has balls: Obviously, the park has many balls. But most of them have stitching and they're too big to put in your both. Not true for the balls in section 144, where a concessions stand sells the Rocky Mountains' finest oysters. Really, the stadium couldn't represent Colorado without some fried bull testicles. "People tend to always want to try them out, the people who come from out of state, in particular," says Alves.
1. Dinosaurs once roamed here: It appears dinosaurs once called the area where Coors Field sits. During construction of the stadium crews found fossils that could be 66 million years old. For anyone wondering why the Rockies have a purple dinosaur as their mascot, now you know.
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