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Air Force F-16 fighter planes fly over Coors Field during the National Anthem before the start of the Colorado Rockies home opener against the San Diego Padres in Denver July 31, 2020. The teams played before an empty stadium because of COVID-19. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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.

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. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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(2) comments

BluNos

I have lived in Colorado for 24 years, and have been to more than 500 games at Coors Field. I have NEVER witnessed a lightning strike there.

jim remley

Of course; there are more cloud to ground lightning strikes in Colorado than any other state except Florida.

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