There's some interesting news today from the Rockies, who are adding a huge, two-level "rooftop deck" high above the right-field stands. From the official release:
- Stunning panoramic views of the entire Front Range and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as Downtown Denver.
- 5280 Craft Bar - celebrating Denver, the Mile High City with a bar 52 feet and 80 inches long with 52 beer taps.
- CHUBurger Restaurant, an established Colorado craft casual dining experience, featuring a display kitchen and craft burgers made with beef raised from their own Oskar Blues Hops & Heifers Farm in Longmont, Colorado.
- VIP Cabana Terrace with an urban garden setting that includes a fireplace, rooftop lights, casual furniture and pregame entertainment.
Leaving aside their occasional Muslims and Atheists Stay Away Nights, the Rockies put on a wonderful show at Coors Field. And this is just another example. I don't have any problem at all with ballparks that do everything they possibly can to separate you from your money ... as long as it doesn't hurt the people who don't want to be separated from their money. In the New York ballparks, and in Washington to a lesser degree, if you're not monied you might as well be a steaming piece of gum-glop in the gutter. The high-priced entertainment and libations are front-and-center at the ballpark, and avoiding them means going out of your way, or sitting farther from the field, or missing the game for a few pitches. Oh, and we'll even built a moat around the best seats, so the millionaires needn't ever breathe the dirty air of the upper-middle class folks in the slightly less-best seats.
The Rockies are doing this right: If people care more about spending $12 on a craft burger and another $12 on a craft beer while looking at mountains instead of baseball players, fantastic. Just keep them out of the way.
Well played, Coors Field. You are merely solidifying your place at the top of my list of modern ballparks.