Rockies home opener: Everything you need to know

If you want to go to today's game you still can!

DENVER - It’s that time of year again. Baseball season is back in Colorado!

Here's what you need to know for the Colorado Rockies home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers:

First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. at Coors Field.

If you didn't get tickets, you can watch the game at a sports bars in the ballpark neighborhood. Many are offering food and drinks specials. 

You can also watch the game on Root Sports, or listen on the radio on 850 AM or 94.1 FM.

The hometown kid Kyle Freeland will take the mound for the Rockies. The Denver native is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. 

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Tickets still available

If you want to go to today's game you still can – It'll just cost you.

There are still some single seat tickets available on the Rockies website.

They're going for about $220, but those are in the 100 section.

Some rooftop and Rockpile tickets are still available on after market websites like Stub Hub. Those are about $120.

That's a little cheaper than Seat Geek which has those same tickets for around $135. 

Ideal baseball weather 

We’re expecting near perfect baseball weather, with 73 degrees forecasted by first pitch. 

Getting to the game 

If you’re headed downtown Friday, it might be a bit of a challenge to park.

RTD recommends taking public transportation, and will be dropping off fans with its RockiesRide service 30-60 minutes prior to the first pitch.

There are pickups from 10 Park-n-Ride locations in the Denver metro area, as well as Boulder High School.

Round-trip passengers will pay between $5.20 and $9 depending on pick up location but will need exact cash, or can use a Special Service Free Ride, but RTD passes, tickets, and transfers are not accepted. Children 5 years or younger are free with a fare-paying adult. 

After the game, passengers can jump back on the proper bus at the 22nd and Blake parking lot. 

You can also take B Cycle to get around.

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Opening Day records

The Rockies are in the win column when it comes to Home openers.

Since they started playing in 1993, the Rockies are 14-10 in home openers.

That record didn't seem to help them last year. The Padres came to Denver and clobbered the Rockies 13 to 6.

The game wasn't without its highlights though.

Then-Rookie shortstop Trevor Story belted two home runs in his home debut, helping him set a new record for total home runs in the first four games of a season with six.

The Rockies are 168-229 against the Dodgers

The Dodgers have had the upper hand on the Rockies ever since they joined the National League West in 1993.

Colorado has won 168 games and lost 229 to the Dodgers.

They were 7-12 against Los Angeles last year. The Dodgers ended up winning the division in 2016.

They lost to the eventual World Series champion Cubs in the NL championship.

Rockies haven’t been to playoffs since 2009

Rockies fans are starving for some October baseball.

They haven't been to the playoffs since 2009, and have only been three times overall.

Two years before that is a season Rockies fans will always remember.

Colorado beat San Diego in the play-in game, then beat the Phillies and Diamondbacks before being swept in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox.

To make it to the playoffs, they really need to focus on winning their division first.

They haven't finished higher than third place in the National League West since 2009.

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