Openings and Closings

Tavern Ballpark joins the lineup for The Rooftop at Coors Field

We're ten days away from Opening Day at Coors Field, and no matter how the Colorado Rockies play this season, there have already been some changes to the food and drink lineup that look like guaranteed hits. The ballpark has constructed a rooftop deck -- replacing 3,000 seats in right field with the two-story, 38,000-square-foot Rooftop. Oskar Blue's CHUBurger will be one of the draws on this deck; another will be the Tavern Ballpark. See also: Oskar Blue is opening a CHUBurger at Coors Field

It's a model that the Tavern has used before, at Sports Authority at Mile High -- where the Tavern Mile High has a version of its bar, but no kitchen. And the same will hold at Coors Field. The double-sided bar -- 52' 80" long -- will feature 52 beer taps showcasing Colorado breweries.

"We and the Rockies have been talking about doing stuff for years," says Frank Schultz of Tavern Hospitality Group. "They built this rooftop and essentially a fourth of it we made a Tavern."

The Rockies have been looking to add "local flavor" at the ballpark, and bringing in Colorado brands is part of it. The partnership with the Tavern will run ten years, and the deal allows other sponsorship deals. For example, after those 81 home games, the Tavern at Coors Field will be able to push the crowd to the nearby Tavern Downtown. "There are a lot of opportunities to drive traffic," Schultz notes. "Unlike at Mile High."

The Rooftop is open to all guests at Coors Field; tickets for seating near the Rooftop start at $14, and each ticket includes $6 in concession or merchandise credit that can be used throughout Coors Field. Find more information here.

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