A visit behind the scoreboard at Coors Field

15 09 2011

This Yankee fan didn’t care much who won this evening’s game between the Giants and Rockies at Coors Field. But I love a ballgame anywhere, especially in a park I’ve never visited before (Coors is No. 24 for me). So I gladly attended tonight’s game with colleagues from the Associated Press Managing Editors, meeting in Denver this week.

I’ve watched from the outfield many times, but never before from field level. We ate, drank and watched from The Warning Track party room, right behind the right field warning track, watching through a chain-link fence.

Carlos Beltran at Coors Field

Carlos Beltran and the San Francisco Giants from the Warning Track party room at Coors Field.

That was cool, but not as cool as getting to go up behind the hand-operated out-of-town scoreboard. You climb steep, narrow stairs …

Coors Field scoreboard

Stairs to the scoreboard at Coors Field

… to a narrow room with numbers …

Coors Field scoreboard

Behind the Coors Field scoreboard

… and abbreviated team names.

Coors Field scoreboard

Team names behind Coors Field scoreboard

Workers behind the scoreboard monitor out-of-town games on two TV sets. (I was politely but firmly asked to move when I inadvertently stood between a scoreboard operator and her TV. When someone scores, the operators quickly update the scoreboard.

Coors Field scoreboard

Posting a new score at Coors Field

And, if you want to feel like a little kid getting away with something, you can watch the game through a knothole.  Not the best game I’ve ever seen (Giants won, 8-5), but one of my favorite ballpark experiences.

Coors Field scoreboard

Knothole view of Rockies and Giants playing, from behind the Coors Field scoreboard.

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