DENVER — If you've watched a Colorado Rockies games this year, you'll notice even without fans in the stands, there's still plenty of ballpark sounds to enjoy.
Filling in the noise of an empty stadium isn't easy but that's what makes Rockies Director of In-Game Entertainment & Broadcasting, Kent Krosbakken so special.
"The main thing we want to do is provide energy for our players, give them a home-field advantage," Krosbakken said.
The 16-year veteran has been tasked with finding the right crowd and natural elements for each game at Coors Field this season.
Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Krosbakken was given an IPAD with sounds from "MLB The Show" to use during all home games during the 60-game slate.
His staff has modified each to replicate the noises a packed-stadium would produce on any given night.
An unusual but important nightly task for a professional with the expertise to keep the ballpark engaged, although this is certainly a different feel in 2020.
"Since the fans aren't there to help them, we also want to make it sound good on AT&T Sportsnet," Krosbakken said. "So fans feel like they can be a part of the game as much as they can."
It has worked thus far, the Rockies are 8-2 through the first 10 games of the season, including 4-1 in Denver.