Denver Gripped With Rockies Fever

Fans Scramble For Tickets, Rockies Gear

It's the start of football season, but it's not the Denver Broncos everyone's talking about -- it's the Rockies.

As they enter this weekend's season-ending series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rox are overtaking the Broncos as the city's favorite team.

"The streak we're on right now, we can beat anyone right now," said Rockies fan Dan Sauvageau.

Sauvageau has been a season ticket holder for years and said he's been to more than 800 games in the last 11 years.

"I've been to three All Star games and I haven't been more excited to go to a game than tonight," said Sauvageau.

Fans began lining up for tickets to the team's final homestand early Friday morning.

"This is usually a ghost town in late September. It's nice to see a little life down here," said Rockies fan John David Peet.

It's easily one of the most important series' in the franchise's short history.

Two weeks ago, the Rockies seemed like a longshot to make the playoffs. The stadium was rarely selling out and the city wanted to talk about Broncos football.

But an 11-game winning streak, a tight race for the National League West and a wild-card playoff berth have baseball fans thinking about the postseason for the first time since 1995. That's the only time Colorado's been in the playoffs.

Fan Scot Minshall said this time it's better because it's been 10 years of "at times, really bad baseball."

The baseball craze is also great for local business. One shop said it's having a hard time keep the shelves stocked with Rockies gear.

"It's almost been hard for us to keep up with the business because we're not used to this," said Sportsfan Manager Rick Ryman.

Lodo's Bar and Grill doesn't know what to expect. Fans were calling all morning long for reservations.

"We kind of think it's going to be like opening day around again and hopefully that's exactly what happens," said bartender Rachel Porter.