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It’s Rockies’ Opening Day 2.0: Here’s what you need to know

The Colorado Rockies are reopening Coors Field to 100% capacity on Monday. In doing so, the club will celebrate the day as a second home opener with festivities included. As many as 50,000 could pack the park Monday afternoon.

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Fireworks will make up part of the pregame fanfare and 15,000 free T-shirts to the first fans through the gate.

Coors Field parking lots open at 12:30 p.m., and all entry gates open at 1:30 p.m. The first pitch is tabbed for 3:10 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the game will be broadcast locally on AT&T SportsNet.

The Rockies are hoping for a sell-out crowd but a search on shows that there are plenty of seats still available, starting at $6.28, a nod to the date of Opening Day 2.0.

Colorado has slowly scaled back COVID-19 regulations, which restricted capacities at gatherings. The Rockies began the season selling tickets with about half capacity. Monday is supposed to be a celebration of the Rockies being able to host a full stadium for the rest of the season.

The Rockies have been one of the better teams in baseball at home this season at 25-16. Struggles on the road have left them in fourth place, 16 games under .500 at 31-47, which dampens the normal hope of an Opening Day. The Pirates are one of two teams in the National League with a worse record than the Rockies.

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Rain is in the forecast for the metro area on Monday.

Denver native Kyle Freeland is expected to get the ball in a lefty faceoff against ex-teammate and former Rockie Tyler Anderson.

Colorado will play host to former Rockie Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals later this week and shoot off fireworks again on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s Independence Day contest is a day game.

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