The first Rockies game in team history was played at Mile High Stadium on April 9, 1993.
Mile High Stadium
Coors Field closed the curtain on a brief but very memorable two-year stint in Mile High Stadium. In 135 dates at Mile High, the Rockies drew 7,701,861 fans (57,051 per game). After drawing 4,483,350 in the '93 inaugural, the Rockies were on pace to shatter that mark in '94, averaging 58,598 through 56 home dates, which would have put the season ending mark at 4,687,840. Despite the year's abrupt end, in two seasons the Rockies had 52 occasions when better than 60,000 paid to watch baseball; 21 times the crowd eclipsed 70,000.
On Aug. 16, 1990, almost a year before baseball awarded Colorado an expansion team, voters from the six-county Denver area approved a 0.1 percent sales tax to fund a baseball-only stadium. The ballpark's total cost was $215 million. Architects originally designed the park to seat 43,800. However, after fans set dozens of attendance records at Mile High Stadium (1993-94), Rockies ownership paid to increase inaugural Opening Day capacity to 50,200. In 1998, capacity was increased to 50,381 after the opening of new suites in right field. That year saw Coors host baseball's 69th All-Star Game. In 2001, the park will seat 50,445 fans.
The 76-acre ballpark stands at 20th and Blake streets in Denver's lower downtown ("LoDo") district. Fans sitting in the first-base and right-field areas are treated to a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. Every year since it opened in 1995, Coors has been a league leader in attendance. On a clear Saturday night when the barometer reads 72 degrees and 23 percent humidity, there isn't a better place on Earth. Most of the stadium seats are green. However, the upper deck's 20th row is painted purple, signifying exactly one mile above sea level. More on Coors Field >
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