Blake St. gets purple stripe; officials declare “Colorado Rockies Purple Monday”

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DENVER — It’s a sign of the season. Blake Street in downtown Denver received its annual “purple stripe” in honor of the start of Major League Baseball season Thursday morning.

The 18-inch purple stripe and Colorado Rockies’ logos was painted down Blake Street in front of Coors Field from 22nd to 19th Street.

The city says the water-based paint is temporary and safe for the environment.

The Rockies opened their season on the road this week, but play their first home game April 9 against the San Francisco Giants.

Also Thursday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock joined Gov. John Hickenlooper in proclaiming Monday, April 9 “Colorado Rockies Purple Monday.”

“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.”

Rockies fans are encouraged to wear purple every Monday beginning Opening Day on April 9.

Gov. Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock will throw out Opening Day first pitches before the game.

Due to the high demand for Rockpile tickets on Opening Day, a new purchasing procedure has been put in place for the 2012 season.

The Rockies will use the same Ticket Lottery System, but a random drawing will be held to determine the order of lines that will go up to the ticket window for an opportunity to purchase Rockpile tickets.

The drawing will be held at Coors Field on Saturday, April 7th at the Rockpile ticket windows located at Gate A.

Parking Lot A will open at 7:00 a.m., but the according to the Rockies website there is no advantage to being first in line for a wristband as all fans receiving the wristband will have an equal opportunity to be selected from the random drawing.

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