The Rooftop opens at Coors Field for Opening Day

A view of the field from The Rooftop - © PJ Hoberman

A view of the field from The Rooftop – © PJ Hoberman

Heading to Coors Field for opening day today? You might notice some changes.

During the off-season, Coors Field had a little bit of a makeover. Overall signage has been revamped, cleaned up, and redesigned. The grass is green, the dirt is brown… who are we kidding, let’s talk about booze.

There’s a new massive bar in place of the upper deck seats in right field. Massive. And it’s called The Rooftop.

A view of The Rooftop from Center Field - © PJ Hoberman

A view of The Rooftop from Center Field – © PJ Hoberman

You might have noticed a crane on the I-25 offramp that goes by Coors Field. It was there for about 6 weeks after the season ended. And it was taking out a huge chunk of seats. 3,500, to be precise.

In place of those seats is a multi-story bar, mostly standing room only, flowing with craft beer, delicious food, tasty margaritas, and incredible views of the field and city.

Drinking with a view at 5280' - © PJ Hoberman

Drinking with a view at 5280′ – © PJ Hoberman

Why the change? Rockies owner Dick Monfort explains that before, during, and after games, they’d look out across downtown and see the nearby rooftop patios packed with fans enjoying the Colorado weather, and some Colorado beer. And they wanted in on the action, and to provide a similar setting inside the stadium.

Rio on the Rocks at Coors Field's Rooftop - © PJ Hoberman

Rio on the Rocks at Coors Field’s Rooftop – © PJ Hoberman

A portion of the taps and spirit selection - © PJ Hoberman

A portion of the taps and spirit selection – © PJ Hoberman

You’ll find craft beer, local spirits, and Oskar Blues CHUBurgers on The Rooftop. The Rio, named Rio on the Rocks, is there, pouring their famous margaritas and other specialties. There’s a fire pit, a cabana area, a ton of TVs, and about 400 total seats to plop down and enjoy the atmosphere. A 52′ 80″ (or 58′ 8″, if you hate Denver) long bar hosts around 20 beers across 52 taps. The selection includes many craft options, including beers from Great Divide, Avery, Oskar Blues, Odell, New Belgium, and Boulder Beer. There are also a few selections from the brewery downstairs, The SandLot. And of course, Coors and AC Golden products.

Local spirits include Mile High Spirits’ vodka and whiskey, and Breckenridge Bourbon.

Some prime seating - © PJ Hoberman

Some prime seating – © PJ Hoberman

Any ticket to the stadium grants you access to The Rooftop. General Admission tickets are now available as well, granting standing room access to the stadium. These tickets, $26 for opening weekend but $14 for non-premium game days, come loaded with $6 to spend at the bar. Or on food. If you’re into that. There are about 2,500 GA tickets available for games, but that might change based on crowd levels this weekend.

Gates to The Rooftop open two hours before first pitch.

A vie of the field from The Rooftop - © PJ Hoberman

A view of the field from The Rooftop – © PJ Hoberman

And you can see the pitch from The Rooftop.

It looks like The Rooftop will be a great addition to the stadium, especially for those who aren’t into sitting still for too long. And hey, you might just hear the crowd roar, see some amazing athleticism, and go watch the game.

Or go get another Dale’s and a CHUBurger.

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PJ likes beer. A lot. And whiskey. Gin. Wine. Cocktails. Um.. what were we talking about?