DENVER -- The Rockies open their 2018 home schedule on Friday afternoon against the Braves at Coors Field, but on Thursday, the club provided a tour featuring a brand-new scoreboard, as well as rebranded and renovated areas around the ballpark.The new scoreboard is an upgrade of the video board the
DENVER -- The Rockies open their 2018 home schedule on Friday afternoon against the Braves at Coors Field, but on Thursday, the club provided a tour featuring a brand-new scoreboard, as well as rebranded and renovated areas around the ballpark.
The new scoreboard is an upgrade of the video board the Rockies had in left-center field from the opening of Coors Field in 1995, through the 2017 season. Developed in partnership with Daktronics, it is 8,369 square feet in size, 258 percent larger than the former scoreboard. To put that into context, it's the equivalent of 784 60-inch televisions. The scoreboard also features 6.8 million LED lights, and high-definition 1080p technology.
The Rockies have also extended and upgraded the protective netting surrounding the playing field. The netting behind home plate has been upgraded with state-of-the-art material, and has been extended to the same height to the outfield end of each dugout to enhance fan safety. All 30 Major League clubs have extended protective netting at least to the end of each dugout this season.
As for the players' facilities, several upgrades were made over the offseason, including a new indoor batting cage that features technology that enables the lighting to simulate game conditions based on day or night start times. Other player amenities that have been added or upgraded include a new video room, quiet room, barber shop and laundry facility in the Rockies' clubhouse. A new media interview room has also been added.
Several areas of the ballpark serving fans have also been rebranded and/or renovated. These include the field-level premium seating area behind home plate, as well as the attached indoor high-end bar and restaurant. The entire space is now known as INFINITI Club. The Coors Light Silver Bullet Bar on the first level of the Rooftop has also been rebranded, and in addition to serving all Coors products, it will serve more than 25 local and national craft beers.
Other rebranded and/or renovated areas include the Captain's Deck, which is a Captain Morgan bar on the Mezzanine Level in center field; and the Club Level Bar on the third base side, which now expands onto the outdoor deck, which has been enclosed with floor-to-ceiling windows and increased seating areas for fans.
The Rockies are also introducing several new food offerings at Coors Field for the 2018 season. These include the Mile High Mac-N-Cheese (green chili mac-n-cheese, chorizo, pico de gallo), the Triple Play Dog (extreme dog, pulled pork, bacon bits, purple slaw), the Street Taco Trio (steak taco, chicken taco, topped with cilantro and cotija), and the Rocky Mountain Po' Boy (Rocky Mountain oysters, garlic slaw, green chili ranch, pico, guacamole, cotija). There are also two new drinks to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the franchise: the 25th Anniversary Cocktail (vodka, blue curacao, lemonade, lime juice, grenadine) and the 25th Anniversary Ale.
Throughout the 2018 season, the Rockies will have festitivites to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary. There will be in-game promotions and special events, special features in Rockies Magazine, and a special 25th Anniversary Photo Day on Saturday, June 23, when several Rockies "All-Time 25" players -- selected by fans during the offseason -- will take photos with members of the current team and fans prior to the game. A full calendar of events is available at Rockies.com/promotions, or Rockies.com/25th.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.