It's the most wonderful time of the year, Rockies fans.
Baseball season is finally here, and we're ready to kick it off with the Rockies Home Opener on Friday, April 5. Whether you're planning on going to the game, or just going to bar hop, we've rounded up our top tips for where to go and what to do on this great, great day.
Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Friday, April 5 | 2:10 p.m.
Where: Coors Field, Denver
The Weather Channel forecast looks like partly cloudy with a high around 60 degrees. Of course, it's spring in Colorado, so keep your eye on the forecast and plan to dress in layers, people.
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HOW TO GET THERE
If you want to take advantage of public transportation, you can catch the light rail or another regional bus routes. For more information on routes, fares, and schedules, you can visit the RTD website or call 303-299-6000.
If you're driving, you can look up directions to the stadium here. It will be a busy day, so be advised that parking will be tricky. Coors Field parking lots are highly coveted, so plan accordingly, especially since the lots won’t open until 2.5 hours before game time. We suggest buying advanced individual game parking passes for either Lot A ($18) or Lot B ($16). You can purchase these at the Coors Field Ticket Office, Colorado Rockies Dugout Store, by calling (303)-762-5437, or online.
The main Coors Field Parking Lot can be accessed at any of three entrances: Park/22nd & Wazee, 27th & Blake St., or 33rd & Blake St.
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WHERE TO GO
Denver's downtown Ballpark neighborhood will be poppin' off with drink deals and food specials all day. Almost every bar and restaurant around Coors Field is likely to have some kind of special running on Friday, but here are some quick hits of classic Opening Day spots downtown:
The Viewhouse Eatery, Bar, and Rooftop downtown is a staple on Opening Day and conveniently located just down the street from the ballpark. Doors open at 8 a.m. and DJ's will be playing all day long. They'll be offering $4 Coors Light, plenty of food, and ticket giveaways from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Blake Street Tavern -- another mainstay for Rockies Opening Day -- is kicking off its celebration at 9 a.m. when it opens its main dining area and beer garden. They'll have large screens set up to watch the game and drink specials will be running all day long.
Situated right across from the stadium, Jackson's is everything you could ask for from a sports bar and grill. Known for its beer, burgers, rooftop patio, and "all-you-can-drink" game-day specials, this place will be poppin' on Opening Day with drinks and plenty of TVs to watch the game.
Right next door to Jackson's is Howl at the Moon, another party destination. They'll be celebrating Opening Day as well, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and drink specials, including $3 Coors Light Drafts, $5 Shots of Jameson, and $35 86-ounce Home Run Buckets.
It's a newer spot, but REVEL Social is quickly becoming the go-to spot in LoDo for major Denver events. REVEL is opening its doors at 9 a.m. to celebrate Opening Day with free beer, giveaways, food specials, and more.
Have any other tips for Opening Day? Share them in the comments below! See you on April 5, Rockies fans.