Music - Jazz Cruise by Nils
Photographed in 1997 and 2004 using film.
Coors Field - Opened April 26, 1995 and is still standing.
Location - 2001 Blake St. Denver, Colorado -- Bounded by 20th St., 22nd St.
Located at the corner of 20th and Blake Streets in downtown Denver sits Coors field, the home of the Colorado Rockies. Built for a cost of a mere 300 million dollars, Coors field is the centerpiece in a rejuvenation of downtown Denver. After playing the first two years in antiquated Mile High stadium, the Rockies opened Coors field on April 26, 1995. From the east came the New York Mets to help christen the new digs. The game lasted 14 innings and the Rockies Dante Bichette sent the fans home happy with a walk off 2 run home run off the Mets Mike Remlinger. The final score of 11 - 9 would be a peek of what was yet to come at Coors field. Back to the firsts at Coors. The first home run was hit by Rico Brogna of the Mets, while Bichette's blast in the 14th was the first by a Rockie. Brett Butler of the Mets had the honor of the first ever hit, a first inning single to lead off the game. Walt Weiss had the distinction of the first Rockies hit, also a first inning single. Billy Swift was the first starting pitcher for the Rockies while Mark Thompson picked up the win in a wild first game.
Double digit games were not uncommon at Coors field. Due to the high altitude and low humidity, the ball flies out of the park. Actually the mile high altitude is marked in Coors field. The seats in Coors field are all green, except for all the seats in the 20th row of the upper deck. Those seats are purple and signify being a mile up in the air.
Despite the reputation as a home run haven, a no hitter was pitched at the park. On September 17, 1996, Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw the gem as he beat the Rockies 9-0. In 1998, the major league baseball all star game came to Coors field. With typical Coors field flair, the American league thumped the National league 13 - 9. The game saw home runs from Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Alomar. Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners won the home run hitting contest with 19.
During the 1995 season, the Rockies captured the wild card in only their third year of existence. It would take another 12 years for the Rockies to make it to the playoffs. And what a playoff series they had. They swept thru the division series, beating the Philadelphia Phillies three straight. Then it was on to the NLCS where they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks to make the world series for the first time ever. Turnabout is fair play as their magical run ended. They were swept in 4 straight by the Boston Red Sox.
Coors field is a baseball only facility. Meaning no rock concerts, tractor pulls, football games, soccer games, or any other thing you can think of will be hosted at Coors. Stars like Todd Helton, Dante Bichette, Matt Holliday, Larry Walker and Vinnie Castilla didn't have to worry about a chewed up field from some rock concert.
Sitting at the front range of the Rockies, Coors field offers a panoramic view of the majestic mountains to the west. It is indeed a picturesque setting for a park.