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.