As soon as that first pitch is thrown, spring has sprung! Nothing says Happy Spring than the Colorado Rockies season opener. They will begin their 29th season with home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Friday, April 8th at 2:10 p.m., Saturday, April 9th at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday, April 10th at 1:10 p.m.
Colorado Rockies Opening Day Events
LoDo’s Dairy Block micro-district is excited to help celebrate the Colorado Rockies Opening Weekend with Game Day on the Block, a variety of fantastic baseball-themed activations offered Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th. Dairy Block’s 2022 Game Day on the Block will include: Concerts by local musicians in the Alley, Blanchard Family Wines will be serving purple wine, baseball macarons & cake pops, specialty popcorn and charcuterie cones, Colorado Rockies art installations in the Alley, Kachina Cantina Opening Day specials will include an Upslope Lager or IPA for $4, an Upslope Beer Bucket for $20 and a beer & a carnitas taco for $6. Also, Denver Milk Market will also be serving grab & go hot dogs from outdoor grills on its Wazee St. patio and Morning Jones, Cornicello & Bao will be serving food through their Alley windows. https://dairyblock.com/events/game-day-on-the-block/2022-04-08/.
Tips for Attending a Colorado Rockies Baseball Game
They are celebrating their 28th season and your family can painlessly plan your day out at the ballgame. Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your good time at the game.
How do we get tickets? This is easy. You can purchase your tickets at Coors Field or any of their five Dugout Stores, which are sprinkled around the metro area. Or, you can go to www.mlb.com/rockies and click on tickets. For games against highly popular teams, like the Cubs, you’ll want to pounce early.
Where should we sit? There are no bad seats at Coors Field. It’s a gorgeous facility with stunning views of the field and beyond. However, there are sections that are better suited for families, especially with young kids. You might want to avoid foul ball zones in the lowest (100) level if you are concerned about being distracted during the game. The Rockies extended the safety netting but it’s something to consider if you can’t watch every swing of the bat and have the skills to react to a ball coming your way.
Lower section 342, along the third-base side, is a designated family section. No alcohol is allowed.
The sun can be brutal during afternoon games with little shade if you have seats along the first baseline, extending from right to center field. If sun is a concern, increasing shade through the afternoon into the evening is a savior on the third baseline.
Up on the Rooftop, which seems to be the section of choice for 20-somethings, they have a nice shady area with cushioned couches and a pool patio vibe. Unfortunately, you can’t see the actual field from your comfy spot but they do have the TV feed on several screens.
What should we eat? The food options are seemingly endless. Ballpark prices aren’t famous for thrift, however. One great option for kids is Buckaroos, located at section 149 where you can get a kids meal with different entree options, a side, a drink, and some cookies packed in a handy box.
You can bring your own food as well! Make sure you follow the security protocols.
What should we do and see while we are at Coors Field? Obviously, watch the game. But if your little one isn’t into studying the intricacies of a pitcher staring down a potential second-base stealer, there are plenty of entertainment options. Take them to the playground located next to Buckaroos in section 149. At Gate A, they can test their baseball skills with Pro Batter Jr., Tee Ball, or join the Rockies Rookies Fan Club to get season-long benefits with fun events.
A must is the meet and greet with Dinger, the Rockies’ very own triceratops. He hangs out behind the waterfall in centerfield every third inning. Start lining up during the second inning for the best chance to get your child’s photo snapped with him. You can get his autograph, too! Have him sign a shirt, hat, or program for a special souvenir.
Don’t forget to stand and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Seventh Inning Stretch. If you don’t know the words, that is okay. They stream the storied lyrics on the brand-new 8400 square foot jumbo screen which is a sight to see in itself. That’s like 750 60-inch TVs sewn together like a big quilt of colorful awesomeness.
Odds and Ends to Make the Most of Your Family’s Ballpark Experience:
~ If you have a stroller, you can claim-check it outside the gates. They have people who watch a sea of strollers because you cannot take them into the ballpark.
~ Did you forget the sunscreen? Visit the First Aid stations at sections 133 or 330. They have giant pump bottles of sunscreen because it’s a very sunny place!
~ Watch the calendar for special events. The Rockies have some of the best fireworks shows around and they will sell out. They also have fun events including Star Wars Night, Bark at the Park and more.
~ The @Rockies Twitter feed is widely considered to be the best in all of Major League Baseball. Not only is it informative and timely with updates about weather delays, conditions, and player reports, it is very funny and innovative. They love to engage with fans.
~ Take a tour! They have in-season and off-season times. You can even tour the field on a game day, but only if it’s an evening game. Book your tour time in advance online for the best chance of availability.
For more information, visit mlb.com/rockies