When Coors Field was built at 20th and Blake streets, the Ballpark Denver neighborhood was inevitable. The Ballpark Denver neighborhood piggybacks on the Central Business District as well as LoDo, comprising 20 entertaining city blocks that run due north. Resident population: closing in on 6,500. Add at least 50,000 on Colorado Rockies game days.
Long before Coors Field was even designed, the area north of downtown Denver was a rough-and-tumble, watch-your-back affair. These days you couldn't call it chi-chi, but Ballpark has evolved into a fun-focused atmosphere with the development of neighborhood restaurants and bars, business services and offices, plus condos and lofts. Young, fun and sportsy all describe the eclectic neighborhood. The Ballpark Denver neighborhood remains bordered by warehouses and industrial buildings, some converted into residences. Railroad tracks run through the middle of the neighborhood and trains still roar through the area daily, bordered by the Platte River and surrounding high-rise residences.
Breckenridge Brewery was an area staple even before the ballfield was built—these days “& Pub” has been added to its name. Popular neighborhood restaurants that sprang up not long after the Rockies moved to Blake Street include the original Snooze breakfast eatery (created by DU grads who have since added three other locations), plus Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza and iconic Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Posted on January 18, 2012 by Lisa Perry