Coors Field was recently ranked as the fourth most lightning-prone stadium in Major League Baseball, with 49 games threatened by lightning over a period of four years, according to a recent study by Vaisala Meteorologist Chris Vagask.
Thunderstorms are most frequent in the Denver area, which is situated at about 5,280 feet of elevation, between late April and mid-August.
Happy #OpeningDay baseball fans! We know you've got your jerseys & gloves ready, but what about your weather safety plan?? Many of you are no stranger to weather & lightning delays & our latest guest @COweatherman tracked which @MLB stadiums are the worst! https://t.co/sHK0lcKSKi pic.twitter.com/A6sB7Hv0I4— Weather Geeks (@WeatherGeeks) April 1, 2021
A report from CBS Denver says Vagask analyzed lightning data from nearly 10,000 MLB games between 2016-2019.
Stadiums listed in the top five include Miami Marlins (80 lightning games over the four year period), Tampa Bay Rays (78 lightning games), Houston Astros (51 lightning games), Colorado Rockies (49 lightning games), and Atlanta Braves (46 lightning games).
Colorado sees an average of 500,000 lightning strikes per year, according to data from the National Weather Service. Based on data from 1980, the state sees an average of 12 lightning-caused injuries and 2 deaths.
Editor's Note: Whether attending a baseball game or hitting the trail, always keep an eye on the sky and check the weather forecast prior. Here are five safety tips for surviving lightning strikes in Colorado.