Coors Field: A Love Letter

From SABR member Rob Neyer at SB Nation on August 18:

Coors Field is the greatest baseball stadium built in the last 50 years.

Granted, I haven’t been to all of them. I haven’t been to either of the new ballparks in New York, or the new ballparks in Minneapolis or San Diego or Philadelphia or Detroit or Washington. But I’ve read the reviews of all of those, and I’ve seen them on TV innumerable times. It’s certainly possible that I’ve missed something important, but I have a tough time ciphering how one of those yards can match the Rockies’ home.

I’m not going to list all of Coors Field’s positives, but here are some bullet points for you (without any bullets because bullets are scary):

Coors is integrated brilliantly into the neighborhood, both architecturally and culturally. This is one of the few cases where a ballpark actually did revitalize an urban area. Plus, The Tattered Cover — one of America’s great bookstores — and gorgeous Union Station are both just a few blocks away. Confluence Park is nearby, too.

Coors is constructed in a way that allows you to see the field from almost anywhere as you walk around the main concourse. There are other stadiums with the same views — Safeco Field, to name just one — but too many of the newer parks didn’t get this incredibly simple thing right, which means you wind up standing in lines and watching the game on a monitor.

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Originally published: August 25, 2011. Last Updated: August 25, 2011.