Where I’ve Been: The mile high seats at Coors Field in Denver

There are very few seats in professional sports that come complete with a mountain view.

Venture out to Denver’s Coors Field for a Rockies game this year though and you can enjoy this very view at a relatively reasonable price. Coors Field may be one of the few ballparks where it’s preferable to sit in the upper deck as opposed to sitting coser to the field if only because of the sensory overload that comes with sitting in the mile high seats.

You read that right — there is a row of seats known as the mile high seats. They’re all purple to set them apart from the remainder of the seats, which are green. For around $20, you can enjoy a ballgame and a breathtaking view at one of baseball’s best new ballparks. Having sat in the box seats and in the ones a mile above the stadium, I prefer the latter if only because the upper deck is often nowhere near as packed as the seats closer to the action, giving you and your buddies plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the game. Not to mention, again, check out that view. The Rocky Mountains are visible in the upper right hand corner of the shot, snow capped even at the end of April. 

Situated in Denver’s trendy LoDo area near the Pepsi Center, there’s plenty to do in and around Coors Field. The bar scene prior to games is on par with the likes of Wrigleyville only LoDo feels a lot more laid back than the glorified frat party that is the scene before a Cubs game. 

So what makes Coors Field stand out? The exterior architecture is reminiscent of Ebbets Field without trying too hard to duplicate the aesthetic, a la Citi Field in Flushing. Sightlines throughout the ballpark are clean so that there’s really not a bad seat in the entire ballpark. Also, the fact that this ballpark is in the heart of downtown Denver certainly works in its favor. While some Major League cities are worth a visit for the ballpark only, Denver itself is one of the more fun cities in the entire country with plenty to do indoors and outdoors.