Recently, I had the opportunity to take a tour of Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies. I learned many new things about the Rockies and their home during the tour. While some of these facts may be fairly obvious to some, even the most diehard Rockies fan should learn something new.
A quick glance around Coors Field reveals many different colored seats including green, red, silver, and purple. The green seats are the most common color and encompass most of the 40,000+ seats in Coors Field.
The four red seats located in the first row down the first base line were purchased by the Coca-Cola Company when the ballpark first opened and are given away to some lucky fans for each game. Also of note, Coca-Cola products are the only soft drinks to be sold inside of Coors Field.
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The two silver seats, located about 10 rows behind the visitors’ dugout, are known as the Silver Bullet Seats and are owned by the Coors Brewing Company. These seats are also given away to a pair of lucky fans before each game. It is also worth noting that the Coors Brewing Company owns the naming rights to the field permanently. As such, Coors Field will also be known as Coors Field for as long as it is standing.
Finally, an entire row of purple seats runs around the stadium in the third level. These seats represent 5,280 feet above sea level, exactly one mile. This is also where our friends at Purple Row get their name. More of the stadium was blueprinted to be above a mile high, but the field had to be placed below street level by 21 feet to satisfy the government officials in Denver.
The third base side is the shady side of the stadium, while the first base side receives more sun later in the day. As a result, the Rockies have two fans in their dugout to keep cool, while the visitors’ dugout only has one.
Continuing the discussion on seats, the Rockies have two luxury seating options in the ballpark: The Coors Clubhouse and the Press Club. The Coors Clubhouse is located directly behind home plate while the Press Club is on the second level, directly beside the press box.
The Coors Clubhouse includes padded seats, parking passes, and a fancy pre-game buffet. One may wonder how much the tickets would cost them for a game. Well, one ticket is $235 for a game, but you must buy four of them for a total of $940.
That isn’t all though. You must buy those four tickets for all 81 games of the year and the next two years for a total of $228,420! A slightly cheaper option? The Press Club offers slightly less impressive seats directly beside the press box, with parking passes and a pre-game buffet as well. Those tickets only cost $185 per game. However, you also have to purchase four tickets per game for all 81 home games for the next three years for a total of $179,820.
The Press Club is directly beside the press box. In fact, it was part of the press box at one point in time. The press box at Coors Field used to contain over 180 seats, but now is down to just 50 seats as many media outlets have closed their doors or cut back on coverage in the last decade.
Finally, there are many heaters underneath the playing surface at Coors Field. In February, it is still cold outside, but it is the time of year that the grass needs to begin growing to be ready for opening day. By turning on the heaters, the grass is tricked into thinking it is later in spring and begins to grow.
Maybe next time you’re at Coors Field, you’ll look around the stadium a little differently than last time!