2016 MLB Ballpark Road Trips: the NL West

Coors Field

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Denver’s Coors Field

Opened a few years after the Rockies were born in 1993, this is a gorgeous park with lots of…purple. The Rockies are the only team that features it as their team color, and they did not skimp on paint that commemorates this sartorial decision. Coors Field also has great views on clear days, and there are a ton of clear days in Denver over the summer. There are also fountains behind center field within a landscaped area that are designed to recall the area’s natural Rocky Mountain beauty.

Denver, of course, is the Mile High City, and not just because pot is now legal in Colorado. The stadium’s seats are green except for a row that rings the upper deck and marks exactly one mile above sea level. The seats in that row are, yes, purple. The high altitude has long affected how games are played at the ballpark since fly balls tend to become home runs very quickly, but that’s for another column.

In twenty-plus years as a major league team, the Rockies have made the playoffs just three times (including a memorable 2007 World Series appearance) and have never employed a future Hall of Famer. Nevertheless, they now have a Hall of History with artifacts from notable on-field happenings.

Check Out: Rocky Mountain Oysters. They aren’t oysters like you and I would think of them. They are actually bull testicles. On second thought, whether you check them out is entirely up to you. Also, you can get cheap seats behind center field in an area known as The Rockpile. Like, $4 a seat kind of cheap. If you want to compare, go see what you can find at Yankee Stadium for that price.

Fun Fact: The team’s mascot is a purple dinosaur named Dinger. Why? Because dinosaur bones were found in the ground when then park was being constructed.

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