The Colorado Rockies start their 2018 season Thursday, with a home opener on April 6. And nothing pairs better with the first pitch than some ballpark eats and a refreshing drink to wash it all down. As the Rockies go head-to-head with the Atlanta Braves at the third oldest stadium in the National League, Coors Field, the scene both on the field and spilling into downtown Denver will, no doubt, be action-packed.
A home-run day at the ballpark calls for snacks, suds, and indulgence sans the guilt. Game-goers can go the traditional route with a box of Cracker Jacks and Coors, or they can order a paper plateful of something a bit more extravagant.
Here’s a handy guide to fuel Colorado fans on Opening Day and all season long.
New for the 2018 season
Coors Field will introduce a trio of chicken tacos topped with salsa verde and purple slaw wrapped in flour tortillas.
A selection of new sandwiches will be featured at the stadium, starting with a po’ boy with garlicky rocky mountain oysters, slaw, guacamole, green chile ranch, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese. The fusion taco club will come with seasoned ground beef, melted cheese, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, fried jalapeño. and a drizzle of avocado sour cream.
Because there’s no better time to get a hot dog than over nine innings, Coors Field couldn’t help but add an extreme version — the triple play — with Carolina pulled pork, crumbled bacon bits, and purple slaw.
The loaded Mile High mac and cheese comes with green chili mac and a spicy chorizo topping.
For fans craving something sweet, Rockies fritters are a Coors Field exclusive: a fried purple berry fritter in sweet rum glaze, dotted with purple and silver pearls.
Also new this year, Colorado company Polidori Sausage announced a partnership with the Colorado Rockies, serving all-natural bratwurst, hot Polish sausage, and a recently released Hatch green chile cheese brat at concession stands throughout the stadium.
Some stadium eats have proven to be fan favorites season after season. Margaritas are still pouring on the Rockies’ rooftop, though they’re now courtesy Captain Morgan and not the Rio Grande. Famous Dave’s BBQ (section 149) is a portable cart, serving wood-smoked meats and sides with an American-West theme.
For health-conscious sports fans, an assortment of gluten-free options in section 142 are complemented by salads at the Mountain Ranch Club. Coors Field also features two locations — one at Wazee Market, the other at Infield Greens — with salads and a variety of toppings and dressings.
The Clocktower Bar (Section 331) or Blue Moon Brewing Co. @ the Sandlot (Section 111) are ready for parched fans. The beer-centric stadium space specializes in baseball-themed beers.
Inside the stadium is also home-grown Biker Jim’s with two outposts (space #107 and Section 331), bringing the popular cart of wild brats to game-goers.
Correction: A previous version of this article mentioned Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, which no longer operates out of Coors Field.