Secrets of Colorado: 16 secrets of Coors Field and the Colorado Rockies

DENVER - Coors Field is 21 years old, but how much do you know about the stadium? Let's go behind the scenes and around the stadium to learn some of the secrets of Coors Field.

Let's start underground in the Rockies clubhouse.

Secret No. 1: As you enter the clubhouse, you may notice something unexpected at the door -- a time clock.

Former Rockies' manager Clint Hurdle had the time clock installed years ago to set the tone and remind players they were punching the clock and they were there to work.

Inside the clubhouse, we walked past team photos, a media interview room and the weight room.

(This is the Rockies' weight room)

Secret No. 2: There's a wall in the weight room to separate the Rockies' area from the visiting team's area, but the Rockies' section is about three times the size of the visitor's section. 

Secret No. 3: There's a kitchen for the players, coaches and staff.

We caught Chef Ray Dominguez as he was stocking up. Chef Ray said he makes three meals a day -- an arrival meal, a post-batting practice spread and a post-game spread. He cooks for about 55 to 65 people.

He said the item he orders the most of is chicken and he cooks it lots of different ways. But he said the player's favorite item is Chef Ray's Big League Bacon. Ray says it's so thick it's 9-11 pieces of bacon per pound.

Also in the clubhouse, there's the player's locker room...

The hot tubs...

The ice machine and the ice bath...

Secret No. 4: There's also two batting/pitching cages underground where the players can warm up or loosen up during a game or in inclement weather.

And just behind the door to the dugout are two stationary bikes if they need to warm up before they go out.

Secret No. 5: If you're looking for a player after a game, head for the player's video room.

Here the pitchers can see their pitches, the batters can see their swings and other video. They can also download the video to their iPads to study later.

Secret No. 6: The umpires don't arrive at the stadium, dressed and ready to go. They have their own lounge.

There's a drawer of snacks -- sunflower seeds, bubble gum, energy bars and more.

There's even a locker room.

And yes, the Rockies have all the umpire's names so they can change out the name plates above the lockers.

Secret No. 7 isn't much of a secret anymore. It's the Rockies humidor.

Since 2002, the Rockies have kept their baseballs in a special storage room that has the same temperature and humidity as the Rawlins distribution warehouse, team officials said.

"Before the balls would dry out, get slick and get harder to grip," officials explained. "The boxes are dated -- 1st ones in, 1st ones out."

Secret No. 8: The most expensive seats in the stadium are $250 EACH.

Those tickets are for the Coors Clubhouse -- what the Rockies call "premium seating" directly behind home plate.

If you don't want to fork over that much for a seat, here's what it looks like (with padded seats):

Ticket holders in this area have a private entrance, access to a private restaurant and lounge and enjoy complimentary dining in both the restaurant and their seats.

The cheapest tickets? Those are in the Rockpile, in center field, where tickets are $4 for adults, $1 for kids and seniors.

Speaking of seating, who is sitting at field level in right field?

Secret No. 9: The people you see under the out-of-town scoreboard are in the Warning Track Party Room.

Groups of 30 to 90 people can rent this room for about $100-$120 per person, which includes the game and a catered buffet.

Secret No. 10: About that out-of-town scoreboard -- the only way to get there is through the Warning Track Party Room and up a small set of hidden stairs.

There's typically two people who change the numbers and there are lots of numbers, just in case.

And you may notice there are fans in this little room -- we're told it can get really hot in there.

There is a great place to cool off in the park, but it's not open to fans. That's the Coors Field fountains.

Secret No. 11: There are seven fountains in center field that shoot water almost 40 feet in the air. The fountains go off when the Rockies take the field, when the Rockies hit a home run and during the 7th inning stretch.

Team officials said the fountains, trees, rocks and waterfalls were installed in 1996 to bring a little "piece of the mountains" into the stadium.

The trees are Colorado Spruce, Pinon Pine, Bristlecone Pine, Con Color Fir, Limber Pine, Gamble Oak and Curl Leaf Mahogany. The rocks are Navajo ruby sandstone and granite marble river boulders. The grass is Kentucky Blue Grass.

Secret No. 12: The button to operate the fountains is in the control room behind home plate, above the Twitter logo. That's the "in-game entertainment" control room. Also in that room is the PA announcer, the music operator and the video coordinators.

There's another control room in left-center field. It's called the "day of game" control room. That's where people who work for medical, security, and maintenance, and dispatchers are located to watch the closed circuit cameras and respond to any situations that arise.

By the way, there are now 92 cameras inside and outside Coors Field.

Secret No. 13: If you're bringing kids to the game, there are now two playgrounds. One is in left field and one is in center field.

Secret No. 14: Finding Dinger. If you want to find Dinger, the Rockies mascot, during a game, he has an autograph session at the top of the third inning on the main concourse right below the Rockpile in center field. 

 

If you're wondering why the Rockies have a purple dinosaur as their mascot, The Denver Post says it's because a dinosaur bone was unearthed during the site's excavation. The Rockies ran with the idea, said a dinosaur "egg" was found and when the "egg" hatched, there was Dinger.

By the way, Dinger is in the community more than 250 days a year and we're told the current Dinger has been working full-time with the Rockies for more than 10 years.

Secret No. 15: You may notice that all of the seats in the lower bowl are new. That's because the stadium has been open for 20 years and Rockies officials simply said it was time.

Secret No. 16: As you walk around the stadium you may find a surprising thing for sale -- bats, bases, jerseys and other game-used gear. The items are sold at a stand on the first level, near left field.

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