Sunday, May 15, 2011

CSVA Trip to Coors Field

Originally CSVA was to be in Dalla, Texas. However due to some scheduling conflicts beyond the control of the association, it was moved to Denver, Colorado. Denver turned out to be a great location.

The weather didn't cooperate for us, but we had other opportunities at our disposal that may not have been possible in the Lone Star State. On one night, the group was treated to a Colorado Rockies game, but I was unable to attend as I was still in the process of driving to the Mile High City. Instead I made it a point to attend the next possible game. That was the next night against the New York Mets.

The last time I was in Coors Field also coincided with CSVA in Boulder. That time it was against Atlanta with Tom Glavine on the mound. I also sat in the "Rock Pile," seats in the highest point of the stadium, directly in center field. But on this night my friend, Jeff Dotson of Colorado State and I sat down the left field line as we bought tickets from a scalper.
 Colorado was atop the NL West standings, but had struggled coming into the home series with the Mets. On this Tuesday night, the ballpark was over half full on a cool and cloudy night. In Denver, games are currently beginning at 6:40 local time, earlier than the expected 7:05 start in most other cities.
Those who remember the '86 Mets will remember their lead-off hitter. Mookie Wilson now coaches first base.
On the lower level there are many concession options. At this nook located behind third base is a place that serves Italian, Pizza, Burgers and Gelato, most of it made fresh in front of you. Throughout the ballpark are other specialty stands that serve traditional ballpark fare as well as bar-b-que and food designed for the younger fan. Of course at Coors Field, there are many places to find the beverage from Golden, Colorado. However, prior to the end of beer sales in the 7th inning, one stand had run out of Coors Light. Somehow I find it hard to believe Miller Park or Busch Stadium has that problem.
Located down the street from Coors Field is an Iowa City landmark, the Sports Column. In Denver it is the official bar of the Colorado Rockies, and inside it has the same look as the Iowa City establishment, including the Iowa Hawkeye flags and signs.
 Part of what makes Coors Field unique are the fountains located within the pine trees of center field.
The rains came in the seventh inning. Our seats were two rows removed from the elements, until the wind switched directions and then we began to get wet as many others were. But it didn't last long and the delay lasted close to thirty minutes. That allowed us enough time to take a tour of the park. When it resumed, the Rockies were unable to come back and lost to the visiting Mets.

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