The Colorado Rockies are making some changes to Coors Field, raising the outfield fences in two separate areas ahead of the 2016 season, according to a press release sent out by the team on Tuesday morning.
In right-center field, extending from the manual scoreboard all the way past both home and visiting bullpens, the outfield fence will be raised eight feet. In the left field corner, from the foul pole extending to the first section of left field seating, the fence will be raised five feet.
"Armed with 23 years of statistics to evaluate, we are in a position to make this change, in a measured and educated way," Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said in a release sent to media on Tuesday morning. "We are continually evaluating every aspect of our game, on and off the field, and this fence adjustment comes from that evaluation. Every change we make to our process, our field of play or our team, is with the goal to be more competitive as a result."
The Rockies' executive vice president and chief operating officer, Greg Feasel, added that the additions will not impact the fan experience at Coors Field in any way.
"The heightened fence locations will have no impact on our fans' enjoyment of the game," Feasel said in the release. "Our ballpark operations team has put a lot of thought into this addition to ensure that these fences will do nothing to detract from the Coors Field design and aesthetics."
Here are some before/after images, courtesy of Rockies PR: