Colorado Rockies fans get an early start on opening day

Posted at 10:24 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 12:24:23-04

It’s a big day for Colorado baseball fans. It’s the Rockies home opener! 50,000 people are expected to attend the big game at Coors Field this afternoon.

We spoke to one Colorado Springs super fan that says he’ll be in the stands today rain or shine. 

"I’ve sat through a number of rainy, cold, snowy Rockies games," said Rockies fan Nate Spears.  "You just have to bring your ski gear with you and sit through it. Just by necessity I have a lot of warm weather Rockies gear."
Nate has attended the opening game for 15 years and is one of many fans ready to brave the cold. He’s not the only one with a game day tradition. The Heckathorn family was out early this morning to start their tailgate. 

"We’ve had a tailgate party for 25 years in a row," said Steve Heckathorn. 

"I got taken out of class. I missed varsity baseball games – just to go to Rockies opening games every year," said Jacob Heckathorn. 

These superfans have a lot to look forward to!  Besides the first pitch at 2:10 P.M. there’s a new giant scoreboard in left field! It’s 258% larger than the last one. The Rockies will also have expanded netting in an effort to make the stadium safer.

The parking lot will open at 9 a.m. and gates open at noon. Wear your layers today! We’re expecting snow and rain, so be sure to bundle up before the big game.