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Volume 24 No. 156
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Rockies Considering Upgrades To Coors Field; Plans Include Restaurant, Party Deck

A plan to "dramatically alter the upper deck" in right field at Coors Field is "under serious consideration," according to a source cited by Troy Renck of the DENVER POST. The Rockies have "sketched out potential plans that include a restaurant and even a party deck." They have "taken bids from construction companies, an indication of their desire to move forward with the major project that would alter the appearance of the Lower Downtown stadium." With total home attendance "settling around 2.5 million over the last nine seasons," Coors Field's size has become "excessive." Seating capacity "won't be reduced dramatically, however, because there would be paid seats in the restaurant, similar to the Press Club added this year where media seating previously existed." Standing-room-only tickets "likely would be available too, leaving a guess of 3,000 fewer seats overall." The transformation of the upper deck in right field "could create a 'fan experience' -- if the Rockies go with live bands before games, for example -- that doesn't exist at the 18-year-old ballpark now" (DENVER POST, 6/13).