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Published August 05, 2011, 11:44 AM

Forum's Goethe roadtrips to Denver to catch baseball game at Coors Field

Dating back to 2007, I’ve gone to Fenway Park (Boston), Safeco Field (Seattle), Miller Park (Milwaukee), U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago), Wrigley Field (Chicago), Busch Stadium (St. Louis) and Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City), mostly going with some friends from high school. This year, a co-worker and I drove – yes, drove! – to Denver to check out Coors Field.

By: Hayden Goethe, INFORUM

To my loyal readers out there, I appreciate the both of you sticking with me during my vacation from work.

I do plan to post from time to time as I try to use up some PTO before the busy football season arrives. I was out of town the previous few days for what has become an annual summer event: Taking in a different Major League Baseball stadium.

Dating back to 2007, I’ve gone to Fenway Park (Boston), Safeco Field (Seattle), Miller Park (Milwaukee), U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago), Wrigley Field (Chicago), Busch Stadium (St. Louis) and Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City), mostly going with some friends from high school.

This year, a co-worker and I drove – yes, drove! – to Denver to check out Coors Field. We attended the Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was an interesting trip, for more reasons than the ballpark. Our path to Denver took us through parts of South Dakota and Nebraska, which in my opinion might be more desolate than North Dakota. If you’ve ever been on Highway 83 in Nebraska, you know what I’m talking about. We spent three hours on that highway on the way back to Fargo, and only once did we pass a car, and no car ever passed us.

True story: At one point on Highway 83, I turned on the radio to AM and went looking for some sports chatter. I found one station and one station only, and it was a sports show in which the host was discussing the Nebraska Cornhuskers in great detail. One station, and it’s Huskers football! How’s that for cliche?

We went through North Platte, Neb., which for you fantasy football wonks out there is the hometown of one of my team’s heroes last year in Danny Woodhead. I was expecting to see some signs celebrating the fact that he’s from there, but I never did. C’mon North Platte! Give Woodhead some cred!

As far as Coors Field goes, it’s quite a stadium, considering it was built right at the start of the ballpark boom in this country. The interior reminded me of Safeco, though that’s mostly due to the color scheme (lots of green everywhere). But if I had to compare it to one park, I would go with Busch Stadium, especially due to the brick exterior.

The food options were good. Had a bratwurst one day, and got a burger at Helton’s (yes, named for Todd Helton) Burger Shack the other day. Recommend them both. For a MLB stadium, the prices seemed very reasonable.

We sat about 18 rows up near third base for one game, then about 18 rows up near first base for the other. Seats were great, but the upper deck (complete with mile-high seating) looked quite a ways from the action. I’m guessing Target Field’s upper-deck seating is closer.

The games were pretty exciting. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick dominated on Tuesday night, and Philly took another game Wednesday with Roy Halladay on the mound. Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hit three homers in the two games, and Helton hit one on Wednesday.

If I had to rank Coors Field among the nine active parks I’ve been to, it would wind up somewhere in the middle. Of course, Fenway and Wrigley are atop my list. Target Field ranks pretty high, as does Busch. But somewhere after that, I’d place the Rockies park.

Can’t wait until next year. There’s been some discussion among my friends about a trip including some combo of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Detroit and Cleveland. That would be fun.

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