Coors Field

Coors Field, 25 years ago and today.

Back in the late 1980s, the area around Coors Field was known as Denver's "skid row." That changed thanks to an ambitious city planner in 1994.

Back then, the Denver skyline was much smaller. But it’s the land around Coors Field and just north of downtown that tells the story of how the Rockies helped revitalize an industrial area.

One of the key figures in making that happen was Karle Seydel, an urban planning consultant who moved to Denver in the mid-1980s and who joined what would become the Ballpark Neighborhood Association in 1994. He was a big proponent of building the stadium on the 76-acre plot of land where it is now, but at the time, he was met with resistance.

Today, Coors Field hosts the Colorado Rockies' home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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