Updated June 24, 2021
Nothing says summer like basking in the sun, watching a Rockies baseball game at Coors Field. Although we absolutely love summer in the mountains, we also love to head down to Denver for as many Rockies games as possible. We’ve had Rockies season tickets for years and it’s one of my family’s favorite things to do in the summer. Eli has been to countless Rockies games since he was a tiny baby.
Insider Tips For Bringing Kids to a Colorado Rockies Baseball Game at Coors Field
Because we’ve been to so many baseball games at Coors Field, we’ve learned every trick to make the nine-inning baseball game fun for the whole family. Here are nine hacks we’ve discovered over the years that make bringing your kids to a Rockies baseball game at Coors Field a breeze.
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Coors Field Parking
Before you even get to a Rockies game you have to deal with parking. Coors Field is in the heart of downtown Denver, so finding affordable parking for a Colorado Rockies Game can be difficult.
I discovered the SpotHero parking app a few years ago and it has been our go-to app for Coors Field Parking. The app is super easy to use and we’ve always found the best deals on parking spots close to Coors Field.
SpotHero asks you where you are going, you type in Coors Field, and the app will bring up a list of upcoming games. Pick the game you are going to and a map with all available parking comes up by price. Pick and pay for the parking spot you want and SpotHero will send you directions and instructions on how to get in and out of the parking garage.
If you stay in a hotel downtown before the game, you can find much cheaper overnight parking through SpotHero than what the hotel offers. Especially if you don’t mind walking a block or two.
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The lines to get into Coors Field can be extremely long. Especially now that everyone is required to go through metal detectors. Waiting in line is never fun. Waiting in line with kids? Dreadful.
This is where the top-secret stroller entrance comes in handy. To the left of the main gate (on the corner of Blake Street and 20th) is the re-enter/wheelchair/stroller entrance. You will never have to wait in line at this entrance. Make your way through the crowds and look for the re-enter here sign. The entrance will be obvious once you get to the gate.
I see so many people carrying their toddlers blocks and blocks from their parking spot to the stadium. They are probably thinking “what would I do with a stroller once I’m in the stadium?”. Well, here is another little-known hack about Coors Field. As soon as you enter Coors Field via the stroller entrance, there is a completely free stroller check along the wall on the right.
Ask the gate staff for a claim ticket and you can ditch the stroller and go straight to your seats. If you want to walk around the stadium later on in the game you can always go get your stroller and then re-check it when you want to go back to your seats.
When Eli was little it was always nice to have the stroller on the way back to the car. He was usually exhausted after the game and if we didn’t have the stroller we’d end up carrying him.
Another reason a stroller comes in handy is you can pack it with food and drinks. Which leads to the next (more well-known hack).
You Can Bring Your Own Food and Drinks Into a Rockies Baseball Game at Coors Field
Within a two-block radius around Coors Field, you will find people peddling frozen water, Gatorade, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and pistachios. This is where you want to buy all of your snacks for the game. You can get a bag of peanuts for a dollar, a small frozen water for a dollar, a soda for two dollars, and pistachios for three dollars. If you buy any of those items when you get into Coors Field you are going to be paying three times that much. The best part is you don’t have to sneak the food in. It’s totally fine to bring outside food into a baseball game at Coors Field.
Drinks are allowed also but there are some rules you need to follow. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Those you will have to pay the exorbitant prices for within the ballpark. The other rule is the drinks you bring in can’t be opened. If you buy a drink right outside the ballpark and open it to take a sip, there is a good chance it will be confiscated.
The food at Coors Field is average and overpriced in general. We take full advantage of the outside food allowed into the park. On our way to the park, we’ll stop at our favorite sandwich shop or grab a poké bowl and bring it to the game with us. I’ve seen people bring in a pizza for their family. If you want a hotdog (because what’s more American than a hotdog at a baseball game) there’s a Ballpark Vienna Beef counter-service restaurant a block and a half from the ballfield. The hotdogs there are a lot better than anything you will find in Coors Field and about one-fourth of the price.
Kids Under Two Years Old Don’t Need A Ticket
If you don’t mind your child sitting on your lap, you don’t have to buy them a ticket. Coors Field isn’t strict about the age limit. If you want your three-year-old to sit on your lap for the entire game you wouldn’t be questioned about how old your child is when you go in. But, if it is a big game, there’s a good chance there won’t be any open seats around you and your child will actually have to sit on your lap.
Best Seats For Families
If you are really into baseball the best seats are obviously in the lower bowl around home plate. Those tickets can be really expensive, but there are other great options.
The Pavilion is in the lower bowl out-field. I like it for families because it’s bench seating so kids have a little more freedom to move around. We always try to get seats close to the aisle so if we get up and down we aren’t interrupting the game for the other fans. The Pavilion is in a good location for kids because it’s right in front of Dinger’s playground and Bucakroo’s Snack Shack (more on that later).
Insider Tip- Buy seats in the Pavilion section when there are fireworks after the game. Everyone in that section gets to move down onto the field to watch the fireworks. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to lie on.
The downfall for the pavilion is that the big screen is behind you so you can’t see it while watching the game.
Section 105-109 is another good option in the lower bowl for families. You aren’t right down by the field but have a good view and can see the big screen, what kid doesn’t love that!
Right behind Section 105-109 is a tee-ball cage. It’s free for children six and under and is a lot of fun. Kids are given a batting helmet, bat, and ball, and can do about six hits off the tee. The line doesn’t usually get too long.
Free 1st Colorado Rockies Game Button
Before heading to your seats, stop by the Information Desk behind Section 135. If you let an employee know it’s your child’s first Rockies game they will give you a complimentary My 1st Rockies Game button. It’s the perfect souvenir for your child to take home and it’s free!
Sitting through a nine-inning three-and-a-half-hour baseball game is quite an undertaking for little kids. To make everyone happy, head to Dinger’s Playground to let your kids expel some energy after a few innings. It isn’t as elaborate as Oracle Park in San Francisco, but it’s a great play area for kids ages two to six. Dinger’s Playground is right behind the Pavilion. Only kids under 42 inches in height are allowed in. But, they aren’t really strict about that rule and will allow older kids in if they aren’t playing too rough.
Dinger’s Playground can get super crowded with kids. There is an entrance and exit to the playground on each side and a fence all around. You will really need to keep an eye on young children when it gets crazy and make sure they don’t escape through one of the exits and get lost in the crowds.
Buckaroos Snack Shack
Another hack for parents is the Buckaroos snack shack right next to Dinger’s Playground. It is a food service station designed just for kids. The portions are smaller and the prices actually reflect that. They sell pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, soft-serve ice cream, and popcorn. It’s significantly cheaper than any other food outlet in the ballpark.
The soft-serve ice cream is our favorite treat on a hot day.
If you have any other questions, Coors Field has a very informative website.
Where To Stay In Denver Near Coors Field
There are so many great hotels within walking distance of Coors Field. The best ones in the summer are the hotels with outdoor pools! Over the years we’ve stayed at the Sheraton, Westin, and Warwick many times. We hope to check out the Rally Hotel soon.
The Sheraton Downtown Denver is one of our favorites. It is right on the 16th street mall with all kinds of restaurants within walking distance. There is a free shuttle bus to take you down 16th street to Blake Street and from there the walk to Coors Field is only a few blocks. Not only is the location ideal, but the outdoor pool at the Sheraton Denver is fabulous.
The Westin Denver Downtown is another great option near the 16th street mall with an outdoor pool.
We love the rooftop pool at the Warwick Denver. But, the hotel is about a mile and a half from Coors Field so walking (especially with kids) isn’t ideal.
The closest hotel to Coors Field is the brand new Rally Hotel at McGregor Square. We haven’t had a chance to stay at The Rally since it opened this summer but it looks amazing.
Priceline.com is our go-to app for booking hotels in Denver. We’ve found great deals through Priceline over the years.
Booking tip – Pick 4 stars or higher for an express deal in downtown Denver (the option where you don’t know which hotel you are going to get but the prices are much lower). You will be guaranteed to get a hotel within walking distance of Coors Field. If you pick 3.5 stars or under you will most likely not be within walking distance.
Whether you go to a day game or make a weekend of it, bring your kids to a baseball game at Coors Field. It will be a great experience for the whole family.
Let’s go ROCKIES!
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