Rockies Upgrading Coors Field












(from Sports Business Journal, February 17, 2013) This off-season the Colorado Rockies are upgrading their 18-year-old stadium, Coors Field. The renovations include upgrades to the suites in right field as well as the press box behind home plate.

Currently, there are 12 suites in the right-field corner of the stadium; those will be converted, however, into four “Super Suites.” Each new suite will be able to accommodate 60 people and at a price of $150 a person per game, fans will receive catered meals and non-alcoholic beverages.

Along with the renovation of the right field suites, the press box behind home plate is being converted into premium seating, available as season tickets. This premium seating consists of high-end movable chairs, as well as drink rails and an island bar. The price of this ticket is $175 a game per person; it also covers food and drink, but no alcohol. The conversion of this press box is modeled after stadiums such as U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and Minute Maid Park in Houston, who have also made similar renovations recently.

Elsewhere in the stadium, the Rockies are making changes to the set-up of seating in the ballpark to reduce the amount of disruption caused by fans getting to and from their seats. This was done by relocating the aisles to behind the seats as well as reducing the number of seats in some rows. The backstop behind home plate is being moved six feet closer to the field to accommodate these changes.

The Warning Track Party Room, located behind a chain-link fence in right field, will also be seeing some changes this offseason. The room is being remodeled to include a permanent bar and a shuffle board. It has 85 seats available at $100 per person a game, and also includes food and drink.

These renovations are expected to be completed for the upcoming 2013 season and total several million dollars.