Excitement builds for Rockies home opener

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DENVER — Colorado Rockies fans are gearing up for the sold out home opener Monday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Rockies will face the San Francisco Giants with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 p.m.

“The first home game for the Rockies is one of the most exciting times of the year here in Denver,” said Mayor Hancock. “It’s time to get out there, cheer them on and show our team that the whole state is behind them.”

Mayor Hancock and Gov. Hickenlooper proclaimed April 9 to be “Colorado Rockies Purple Monday” in hopes of inspiring a sea of purple support across the state.

The Rockies season opener against the Astros started off strong, but ended with back-to-back losses.

New pitcher Jeremy Guthrie gave up two home runs on Friday, but did settle down. Colorado got the lead and Troy Tulowitzki finished Houston off with a 5-3 victory.

Saturday had 49-year-old Jaime Moyer on the mound going for history by trying to become the oldest pitcher in major league history to win a game. However, it didn’t fare so well for Moyer, who was out after 5 innings and the Rockies lost 7-3.

In the final game of the series, Rockies pitcher Juan Nicaio made his return after recovering from a neck fracture that took him out last season.

Nicasio went 7 innings struck out 4 and only allowed 1 run and put the team in a position to win, but there were issues in the 8th inning when Jordan Pacheco’s throwing error opened the door for the Astros to pull off a 3-2 win over the Rockies.

With a game that has been sold out for months and crowds expected to dominate LoDo, the Rockies are eager to pull off a win Opening Day.

RTD Light Rail and buses with be available for the home opener. RockiesRide express bus service will get fans to Coors Field 30-60 minutes before the first pitch. For specific RockiesRide route and schedule information click here.

A list of suggestions for parking and times of events around Coors Field are listed below.

  • Come to the ballpark early as there is expected to be a heavy demand for parking throughout downtown.
  • Coors Field parking lots will open at 10:00 a.m. on Opening Day with gates to the ballpark opening at noon.
  • The Colorado Rockies strongly encourage the use of public transportation to and from the game. For more information on RockiesRide, bus and light rail information visit RTD-Denver.com.
  • The Opening Day Fest on 21st St. between Blake and Market Streets begins at 11:00 a.m with games, activities and food. Live music at the Fest begins at noon and the ROOT SPORTS pregame show starts at 1:00 p.m.