The whispered wisdom of Rockies fans holds that Barry Bonds and Jim Thome slammed batting practice home runs safely into the third deck at Coors Field.

But consider this a new bar: The first player to hit a homer to the Rockies' new Rooftop party deck in right field will earn instant legend status.

"We try to be all things to all people," Rockies owner Dick Monfort said Wednesday afternoon while showing off recently-completed construction to Coors Field's right field.

"This is just another dimension."

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The Rockies' new-look upper deck in right, which cost in the neighborhood of $10 million, is something the team hopes will help them compete in the neighborhood.

"Looking out our door (at lower downtown) ... and seeing all these rooftops out there just plugged with young adults," Monfort said. "And with the demographics in Colorado and who comes to games, (we thought) let's take a chance on this."

Colorado hosts its home-opener on Friday against Arizona at 2:10 p.m. It will mark the start of the Rockies' 20th year at Coors Field, which is now the third-oldest ballpark in the National League behind the Cubs' Wrigley Field in Chicago and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

The Rockies took about five months to lop off the little-used top portion of the right-field stands and build up a two-level, standing-room only bar area.

"In Miami on Monday night, the concourses were packed," Monfort said of Marlins Park. "People bought a ticket and then they were just hanging out. We wanted to make an area that was better than that" with views of the game.

When Coors Field opened 20 years ago in 1995, the team was high on streams of attendance at cavernous Mile High, so they upped their new stadium's capacity by adding a large upper deck in right.

Eventually, filling right field became less common. For most of last season, those 3,500 seats were closed off. The Rockies' sellout streak ended in 1998.

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"As a baseball guy," Monfort said, "I want fans to come out. Our players want fans to come out. I think this will liven up the park. It'll bring in some younger people and get them where they're amongst themselves."

Coors Field's capacity remains at 50,398, including standing room only tickets.

Larry Walker hit a 493-foot homer to the upper right-field deck in 1997 (before the team installed a humidor to keep baseballs from being meteorites). That shot landed about five rows up.

But a home run to the Rooftop might need to travel nearly 500 feet to reach the roof. Mike Piazza holds the Coors Field's record for the longest homer at 496 feet, hit in 1997 to left-center field between the scoreboard and the Rockpile bleachers.

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A shot to the new Rockies roof, though, would propel a player to Joey Meyer-level legend status. Meyer set the record for the longest home run in minor-league history when he hit a 582-foot blast at Mile High Stadium in 1987 for the Denver Zephyrs.

Some other information about the Rockies' new Rooftop:

The Rockies are quick to point out that the money used to build the party deck came from a capital construction fund and from a pool of funds belonging to the team and the Denver Metropolitan Stadium District that came from Aramark and RTD. That money does not affect what the team spends on player payroll and on-field competition, Monfort has said.

• Anybody with a ticket can climb to the roof area. But the Rockies will also sell $14 general admission tickets on most nights that will get you to any standing room-only area at Coors Field, including the Rooftop. That $14 ticket includes a $6 concession credit.

• The stadium seats just below the Rooftop are ticketed seats, not part of the general admission.

• The purple row of seats that runs around the upper decks at Coors Field, signifying 5,280 feet above sea level, still runs through the Rooftop area as a purple-painted steel beam and "5280" sign.

Nick Groke: ngroke@denverpost.com or twitter.com/nickgroke


What's new at Coors Field?

Some highlights of offseason construction additions at the Rockies' ballpark.

A $10 million, 38,000-square foot party deck in the right field upper deck called "The Rooftop." About 3,500 seats were removed, and a two-tiered, standing room-only area was added.

The purple row of seats that runs around the upper decks at Coors Field at 5,280 feet above sea level, now runs through the Rooftop area as a purple-painted steel beam and "5280" sign.

The Rooftop includes a 52-foot, 80-inch-long Tavern Ballpark bar and CHUBurger stand from Oskar Blues brewery.

A Rio on the Rocks margarita bar in center field's second deck.

New signage through the concourses and entrance gates.

Nick Groke, The Denver Post