Coors Field: Ten things you probably didn't know about the home of the Rockies
Most of the time, a trip to Coors Field is a great escape, what with the baseball, beer and (usually) sunshine.
But sometimes, like at Monday's home opener, you need an escape from your escape, whether its a new part of the park to explore or a factoid to ponder.
10. It's a brick house:
More accurately, it's a house made of 1.4 million bricks. Amazingly, each brick has the words "Coors Field" engraved into it. Based on an average brick's weight of 4.5 pounds, the ones used to make Coors Field together weigh 3,150 tons.
9. The area around the water feature is 100 percent Colorado:
The seven water fountains and surrounding nature area in center field are so very Colorado you could camp there -- if that kind of activity was allowed. The area features seven different kinds of Colorado trees, as well as Navajo ruby sandstone and granite marble boulders. The fountains shoot forty feet into the air after Rockies home runs and wins, as well as before the game and during the seventh-inning stretch. The fountain and waterfall system uses 3,200 gallons of recycled water per minute. The only thing not from Colorado in the area is the occasional baseball.
8. It now has history:
In honor of the 20th season of Rockies baseball, the organization opened a Hall of History this year. Located on the club level, the Hall features more than 8,000 artifacts. No, a World Series trophy isn't one of them, but fans can see things like the jersey Eric Young wore when he hit a home run in the first major league at-bat in franchise history.
7. It gets heated:
Snow is always a possibility in April and May at Coors Field, as well as in October if the Rockies are lucky enough to still be playing then. And who needs to risk a back strain while shoveling the white stuff off the field when you can melt it away. Under the three-acre field are 45 miles worth of heated cables that not only melt the cold stuff, but help to green up the grass in the springtime.
6. The purple seats are a mile high:
Denver residents like to think the entire city sits evenly at a mile above sea level, but when at Coors Field fans have a reminder of how far they have to climb to be exactly a mile high. Fans sitting in the row of 865 purple seats located in the upper deck of the stadium are 5,280 feet above sea level, and should probably bring some binoculars.