DENVER - APRIL 09: Fans head for the gates of the stadium as the Colorado Rockies host the San Diego Padres during MLB action on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 9, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
How many of you have been to Coors Field? I'm guessing if we were in a room, the majority would have raised their hands, but there's still a crowd of Purple Row denizens who haven't had the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Rockies Mecca thus far.
But that's ok. Purple Row has you covered, so that when you finally can make the trip to visit the home park of the Colorado Rockies, you'll know the best way to do everything.
Coors Field was opened in 1995 to the thundering sound of a walkoff home run off of the bat of Dante Bichette. It resides on the corner of Blake St. and 20th in the Lower Downtown neighborhood of Denver, CO (commonly known as LoDo), hence the original nickname to the Rockies' offensive corps, The Blake Street Bombers. The park seats 50,445, and still holds the cheapest section in MLB, the CF bleachers known as the Rockpile, where tickets are still just $4.
In Coors Field, the 20th row of the upper 300s sections is also at exactly one mile high. Those of you who live in Denver know that Colorado loves advertising the whole "Look this thing is at a mile high!" concept, and the Rockies are no exceptions. Yes, friends, at 2 mile high, the 20th row, is a row of Purple Seats that stretches from the LF foul pole all the way around to above the visitors' bullpen, right next to the bullpen. The Purple Row is a real thing.
This ties into the new logo because our past logos, while wonderful representations of Colorado Baseball, left readers confused as to what the Purple Row was. Artist Daniel Evan Garza took it upon himself to present Purple Row with a new logo, which better illustrates the fact that yes, there is a Purple Row of seats; we didn't just make it up.
This article series will go up roughly weekly, and the topics I am envisioning covering include about half concessions (you know, highlighting everyone's favorite famous foods), diversions within the park, best places to stand and watch, and we'll see what other nifty things we can dig up. I anticipate a lot of reader participation on these, as we all have our favorite aspects of the park, so be patient for that topic to come up in the series so we don't unveil everything all at once before its proper turn comes up!