Take me out to the ballgame!
It's time to go behind the scenes of the Colorado Rockies' home stadium, Coors Field. Seeing as the MLB All-Star Game is taking place at Coors Field this year, we figured this would be the perfect time for you to finally discover the secrets of the fan-favorite stadium. Here are 8 secrets about Coors Field you may not have known:
The Fountain Feature
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There are seven fountains in center field that go off when the Rockies first step onto the field, when the Rockies hit a home run, and during the 7th inning stretch. They can shoot water nearly 40 feet in the air! The water feature was first installed in 1996 and was meant to "bring a little piece of the mountains" to the stadium. The area includes seven different types of Colorado trees, in addition to Navajo ruby sandstone and granite marble boulders.
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It's a brick house. The stadium was constructed out of 1.4 million bricks, each with "Coors Field" engraved on them. With an average brick weighing about four and a half pounds, the ones used to build Coors Field together weigh over 3,150 tons combined!
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Those purple seats located in the upper deck of the stadium aren't just there for decoration. Those 865 seats are 5,280 feet above sea level. Many folks in Denver like to think that the entire city sits evenly above sea level, however, this is not the case. The purple seats are there as a reminder of how far they actually have to climb to be at a mile high.
Players, coaches, and staff have their own private kitchen. Head Chef Ray Dominguez says that he makes three meals a day—an arrival meal, a post-batting practice spread, and a post-game spread—for about 55 to 65 people. The player's favorite meal? Chef Ray's Big League Bacon, which is so thick, it's nine to 11 pieces of bacon per pound!
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There's always that one person we've sat next to at a game who has one (or five) too many beers and starts yelling profanities and other explicatives at the opposing team. When said person then decides to take the field and show the players how it's done, they get thrown into a holding cell hidden in the stadium. While they're not real jail cells, they are there to be used by the Denver Police Department as they see fit.
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While it isn't much of a secret anymore, the Rockies keep their baseballs in a special storage room that maintains the same temperature and humidity as the Rawlins distribution warehouse. This has been the case since 2002. "Before the balls would dry out, get slick and get harder to grip. The boxes are dated – 1st ones in, 1st ones out," said Rockies team officials.
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Speaking of temperature, underneath the three-acre field are 45 miles worth of cables that not only melt snow off the field during the winter but help to keep the grass green during the springtime. Living in Colorado though, there is always the possibility of getting snow in April and May, so officials at Coors Field are always prepared for the worst weather.
Dinosaurs at Coors Field
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Dinosaurs once called the area where Coors Field sits their home. When the stadium was first constructed, crews found fossils that could be 66 million years old. Those wondering why the Rockies' mascot is a purple dinosaur, well, now you know!
What is your favorite fact from this list? Did we miss any? Share them with us in the comments!