Colorado Rockies announce adjustment to outfield fences
The Colorado Rockies announced today that the Club will be installing higher outfield fences in two locations at Coors Field for the 2016 season to determine how the changes will play out over the course of a full season.
"Armed with 23 years of statistics to evaluate, we are in a position to make this change, in a measured and educated way," said Senior Vice President & General Manager Jeff Bridich. "We are continually evaluating every aspect of our game, on and off the field, and this fence adjustment comes from that evaluation. Every change we make to our process, our field of play or our team, is with the goal to be more competitive as a result."
The fence from the center-field end of the visiting bullpen, leading across the Rockies bullpen and ending at the manual out-of-town scoreboard (making it consistent with the current height of the top of the out-of-town scoreboard) will be raised eight feet. The fence from the left-field foul pole to the start of the Pavilion seating area will be raised five feet. Both fences will be see-through, rubber-coated chain link.
"The heightened fence locations will have no impact on our fans' enjoyment of the game," Executive Vice President / COO Greg Feasel said. "Our ballpark operations team has put a lot of thought into this addition to ensure that these fences will do nothing to detract from the Coors Field design and aesthetics."
The fences will be installed in March and will be in place by the April 8 home opener of the 2016 season.