Some people can say they were at the first game at a stadium, first game where this that and the other happened, but how many people can say they were at the first game a professional franchise ever played? Our tour guide could. The Rockies haven't been around for too long, but neither that nor the snow detracted from the stadium tour. We got to see lots of cool nooks and crannies from the stadium, and more than any other tour that we've been on, I felt like I found out some areas that I want to try and get tickets to the next time we see a game or a series down in Denver. The stadium definitely puts the fans first, and there are some places where you can sit that aren't like a lot of other stadiums.
It has to be hard to recruit and keep good pitching in Colorado because it is definitely NOT a pitchers ballpark. But as a hitter, you can become a legend, and they've been able to build some success, including 2007 when they made it to the World Series (before falling to the Red Sox, cough cough) and they have the pennant from that run on their scoreboard, which I thought was cool. Right near there they also have a burger stand named after my favorite Rockie of all time, Mr. Doubles himself, Todd Helton (he, along with Peyton Manning, is also a Tennessee grad). Just to the right is the Rockpile, where you can sit super affordably, but the spot I want to check out is down the first baseline. They have this area where people can buy tickets that gives them access to an enclosed area with food, drinks, etc. to partake in before you head out to your seats. Essentially, it's like box seats but for the ballers on a budget (aka us).
This was another tour where we got to visit the dugout (always one of my favorite parts/pictures from the tour), and we learned that if you pickup the dugout phone, it actually rings somewhere!
Tours take place year round and are super affordable at $10 a pop. The last time we had been to Denver, the tours were cancelled because there was high school baseball being played there (also cool), so we were really glad to get to know Coors a little bit better on this trip. I'm already wondering when the Red Sox will play in Denver again so I have an excuse to go back!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.