DENVER (CBS4) – Baseball is about to return to lower downtown as the Rockies play their home opener Monday.

Coors Field is ready to welcome back players and fans, but instead of waiting until Monday morning the team did something new this year. They put opening day Rockpile tickets on sale Saturday. But fans also needed a little luck to buy tickets.

Hundreds of people lined up to get their hands on tickets to the first game of the season.

“Well of course we came to see if we can get tickets for the Rockpile,” fan Chuck Wing said.

“I go to about 10 to 15 games a year,” fan Deandre Kenyanjui said.

This year the system for getting opening day tickets was a bit different. No more first come, first serve — Rockpile tickets were sold randomly. Each person was given a wristband with a number on it which tells them which line to stand in. Then each line is called one-by-one and every person is allowed to buy up to four tickets.

The first few people in line were excited to buy theirs. But not everyone found the new system to be fair.

“I like first come first serve. Last year was a big line and whoever came first. I think they’re just doing it to stop the commotion,” Kenyanjui said.

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“If you do first come, first serve, then you create that mentality again of people wanting to line up and be first in line and then it creates that long line where people do want to camp out. This way there’s no camping out,” Sue Ann McClaren with the Colorado Rockies said.

“I think this is fair because if people have families they can still come a little later,” fan Rosemary Tichy said.

Ticket sale organizers have found that the new lottery ticket sale system ran a lot smoother Saturday. And after anxiously waiting in line to buy their tickets Rockies fans can’t wait for opening day.

The Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants to kick off their season at Coors Field. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. and the game is sold out.


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