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Colorado Rockies

Coors Field and the
boys of summer

Eric Frankowski
For the Vacation Guide

   DENVER The crack of the bat, the smell of hot dogs and peanuts, the leisure of forgetting everything except the game and the roar of a crowd cheering for the home team.

   Is there anything like baseball? And is there any place better to see a game than Coors Field?

   Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies,  opened in April 1995.

   The $215 million stadium is a classic baseball facility.

Built of red brick and iron, it takes visitors back to the vintage era of baseball, where fans were intimately close to the game, not set apart by the utilitarianism of the multipurpose stadium.

   Located at 20th and Blake streets, Coors Field and its prominent clock tower dominate the skyline of the revitalized LoDo section of downtown Denver.

   With thin air and hitter-friendly dimensions 347 feet to the left field wall, 415 feet to straight-away center, and 350 feet down the right field line those attending games are more than likely in for a homer-happy treat unmatched in the Major Leagues.

   The field itself is immaculately preened natural grass, and in keeping with the stadium's classic feel, the National League and American League scoreboard is operated by hand a la Fenway Park.

   Coors Field has a capacity of 50,000, including its 63 luxury boxes and 4,500 club-level seats. Tickets range in price from $4 for the Rockpile the far center field seats which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and which don't go on sale until 2 hours before a game to $32 for club level infield seats.

   Groups of 25 or more also can call to arrange group seating.

   Coors Field's ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on home game days, and Saturdays and Sunday home game days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are also sold through Rockies Dugout Stores in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley and Highlands Ranch, and also at King Soopers with a $2 service charge added per ticket.

   But to really get in a Coors Field game-day mood, try getting tickets the old-fashioned way, from "ticket brokers" who sell outside the stadium. For the discerning barterer, good seats at a fair price are no farther away than a good haggle.

   For more information on ticket prices, Coors Field or the Rockies' schedule, call 303-ROCKIES.