Welcome to the corner of Edgar Martinez Drive and Dave Niehaus Way. This is Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Safeco Field opened in 1999 as the replacement for the Kingdome which the Mariners called home from 1977-1999. The Seattle Mariners entered Major League Baseball in 1977 as an expansion and have called the American League West Division home ever since they came onto the scene.
Safeco Field has a capacity of 47,943 and is a retractable roof stadium located in Seattle, Washington’s SODO district. This is not your normal retractable roof stadium as they like to call the roof an umbrella. Safeco Field is an open air stadium so you still get the outdoor feel but with an umbrella over you on those rainy Seattle days.
Safeco Field has come a long way since being introduced to Seattle in 1999. It now features the biggest video board in all of Major League Baseball (aptly named Mariners Vision) and has one of the best food selections in the league. The fans are passionate and despite the Mariners having not made the playoffs since 2001, the fans continue to flock back to a fantastic venue.
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Safeco Field is home to an array of food and beverage options that should make your mouth water. One of the newest additions to the menu are toasted grasshoppers and unfortunately, I was not able to locate any at the game I attended, but in the first three home games of this season, they sold out at every game. If toasted grasshoppers aren't your cup of tea, Safeco Field boasts some of the best garlic fries I have ever had.
Concession lines are fairly minimal and they move very quickly. Everything depends on what you are looking to grab. All stands accept debit/credit cards and for our friends the north, Canadian cash is accepted at stands as well. The service is excellent everywhere you go.
What would you like to eat? As stated above, toasted grasshoppers are on the menu and is new to Safeco Field. If staying with the par is more your style, Safeco Field offers anything you can think of. Seafood is served at numerous stands and boasts the Pacific Northwest flavors. Edgar's Cantina serves fresh Mexican food, and for $9, you can get yourself a 1/3 pound "big kidd" cheeseburger. My personal selection is the garlic fries. The best garlic fries I have ever had reside inside Safeco Field at grounders. A heaping pile of garlic fries with an apple slice for $7.
Pepsi is the preferred soda selection at the ballpark. I highly recommend spending the $11 for the souvenir cup that can be refilled at almost every concession stand around the ballpark. Soda is served both bottled and in the fountain. Beer and wine are obviously served and if wine is more your style, you can get a bottle for $36. Craft beers and ciders are served throughout the ballpark.
Safeco Field offers one of the best stadium experiences around except for one major factor, the crowd is quiet, very quiet. Besides when they are prompted via video board, this crowd is largely very quiet.
The layout for the stadium is fantastic. Safeco boasts three levels of seating, bleachers located in center and left field, the Hit it Here Café located in right field, and The Pen, located in left-center field. Cup holders are conveniently located in front of you in the lower levels of the stadium.
Safeco Field has the largest video board in Major League Baseball, aptly named Mariners Vision. This all video display shows replays in crystal clear HD and while play is going on, shows both lineups including who is batting and pitching. There is also a manual scoreboard located just below Edgar's Cantina in left field. The out of town scoreboard is located above the bullpens in left field, but that video board has many other uses but while play is going on, the primary use is for out of town scores. The LED strip that almost goes completely around the stadium has many uses as well but is mainly for pitching statistics and time.
The overall sound quality is outstanding at Safeco Field. You can clearly hear everything the Mariners PA announcer is saying as well as the music that is played. The Mariners offer many in game promotions and opportunities for fans to make it up onto Mariners Vision including the Simba Cam which has parents hold up their little ones like in the Lion King, the hydro races, and much more. Of course, all of the in game promotions are assisted by Mariners mascot, the Mariner Moose.
There are many seating options depending on where you are wanting to sit at. The cheapest seats that fans can grab to most games are in the center field bleachers. Depending on comfort, these may not be the best seats for you. My personal favorite is sitting down the third base line in left field. These offer some of the best views of the stadium. If you catch a game when Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is pitching, you can get a ticket, t-shirt, and "K" card for just $30. Be warned, this a rowdy section that chants "k" when Felix has two strikes in the count. Also, get there early to snag your t-shirt and "K" card.
Safeco Field is located in Seattle's SODO District and is directly adjacent to Centurylink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders. You'll find this largely an industrial area, but there are quite a few choices for pre-game brews and food around Safeco Field. You have Elysian Brewery located closer to Centurylink (about one block from Safeco) and you have Pyramid Alehouse located directly across the street. My personal recommendation for food and beverage would be the YardHouse in Downtown Seattle. Located on 4th Avenue between Pike and Pine Street, this restaurant is not like your usual bar and grill. With close to 130 beers on tap, you are sure to find the right brew for you as well as enjoy a more upscale bar and grill experience.
If you are visiting Seattle for the first time and are wanting things to do, then make your way down to Seattle Center and take a trip up the Space Needle. Seattle also has the Seattle Great Wheel located on Pier 57. This is also very close to the Seattle Aquarium. You can also take a trip up I-5 to the U-District and go to the Woodland Park Zoo. I can honestly say these are all recommendations of mine as well as visiting Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle.
Lodging can be expensive if you stay anywhere near the Downtown Seattle area. My suggestion would be for you to look south of the stadiums. Tukwila and Renton are definitely two options as well as near the airport.
The Seattle Mariners has definitely taken a hit since the team last made the playoffs in 2001, but this is one team that you will definitely find its share of diehard fans.
The fans aren't necessarily loud unless prompted and I have seen the Safeco Field ushers go to fans and ask them to be quiet. Fans do walk up the aisles during play but ushers stop people from walking down. Average attendance would be around 25,000 and sometimes the team has a hard time drawing even 20,000 fans for a game, but that is likely due to the Mariners lack of success since that 2001 season.
Safeco Field is located in a tough area to get to via your own personal transportation. Located at the I-5/I-90 interchange makes this a difficult one to get to via car, but there are other options.
Depending on where you are at, getting to Safeco Field via public transportation is your best bet. The Link Light Rail has a stop called Stadium Station and if you are staying in Tukwila, you can park your car at the Tukwila International Boulevard Station and ride the light rail down to the stadium for $6 per person. My recommendation is to get to the day use pass and use it between Tukwila and Westlake Station (if you are going to the YardHouse, that's the stop for it). The day use pass is a cheaper option than paying one way and make sure you pay your fare as fare enforcement for Sound Transit is always out in full force on game days. If you are staying north of the stadium, you can take the Sounder train to King Street Station which is only a couple of blocks from Safeco Field.
Traffic Flow is a mess on game days down near the stadiums and parking ranges anywhere for $15 at the Centurylink Field Garage, $25 at the Safeco Field Garage, to over $100 at nearby lots. So, if you are willing to fight the traffic and pay a pretty sizeable amount for parking then you do so at your own risk.
The Home Plate Gate is generally the best entrance to the stadium, but depending on where you are sitting, there is a left field gate and a right field gate as well. You will be walking through metal detectors when you go through the gates so make sure you empty out your pockets before you get up to the gates.
Once you are inside Safeco Field, moving around the concourse areas are generally pretty simple. Lines to the main concession stands are roped off away from the walkway and while you may encounter snarl ups in some spots, you shouldn't have any issues moving around once inside. Restrooms are located around the entire stadium and are very clean and big enough to get people in and out. I did not see any lines for restrooms during my visit to Safeco Field.
Safeco Field has a fantastic return on investment aside from the ticket prices. For a team that has not made the playoffs since 2001, it is hard to pay for some of the ticket prices which range anywhere from $17 to over $100. Concessions prices are what you expect for being at a professional sports stadium.
If you are looking to save money to go to a game at Safeco Field, my recommendation would be to go during the week when they offer ticket packages or sitting in King's Court when Felix Hernandez is pitching. Also, use public transportation to get to the stadium as opposed to driving your own vehicle and parking.
Safeco Field offers venue tours on both game days and non-game days and tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Safeco Field Box Office.
The team put in a bronze statue of legendary Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus who suddenly passed away in 2010. This statue is located in center field just underneath the center field bleachers.
In 2017, the team unveiled the bronze statue of Ken Griffey Jr. outside the Home Plate Gate of Safeco Field. This is one of the many honors "The Kid" has received from the team including having his number retired last year. He was the first Mariner to have their number retired. His teammate, Edgar Martinez, will have his number 11 retired by the organization later this summer. Griffey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in the summer of 2016. He is also a member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.
A kid's zone is located on the center field concourse as well and kids can join the Mariners Kid's Club for free.
If you are sitting in the upper deck and facing near Centurylink Field, you can see that stadium as well as the Downtown Seattle skyline.
Safeco Field is aging well. The stadium offers one of the best stadium experiences around except for one major factor, the crowd is quiet, very quiet.
Far and away, Safeco Field is in my top five of Major League Baseball stadiums to witness a game. It has everything you could ask for and all of the accompaniments to ensure you enjoy a game regardless of how well the team is playing.
After decades of domed baseball at the famous Seattle Kingdome, the Mariners now treat their fans to a taste of outdoor baseball at every game. After years of semi-competitive play on Astroturf, the team plays under a roof on inclement weather days, but with a view of the outside on all sides.
The roof serves as a canopy, as opposed to a dome, and slides over the field when it opens and closes. Its closing edge begins high above the third base side of the stadium footprint and opens along huge tracks out toward center and right field.
The first time I attended a game here was on opening day 2007 and my seat was a few rows from the top of the third base side. Right before first pitch, with the sun shining brightly, the public address announcer proclaimed this to be a great day for baseball. At that moment, the canopy began to open just a few dozen feet above my head, rays slowly reaching the field with every additional inch of movement along the rails.
As early as you can enter the stadium, usually two hours before game time, ascend from behind home plate at the corner of First Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South to the main concourse. Make a right turn at the top of the steps and head right to guest relations behind section 128 where you can arm yourself with useful printed pocket guides and brochures detailing the wide array of food choices, art exhibits and other places to spend your time and money before the ballgame begins.
Known as "The House that Griffey Built," Safeco Field has been a treasure in the northwest since it opened its doors in July 1999. With a retractable roof to deal with the unpredictable Seattle weather, and some of the best food in baseball, you can be sure that your game will be played, and you will have a great time.
A great place to catch a game. I hail from the Bay Area where I feel we have ballparks that represent both the best and the worst in the league. I'm surprised to say that Safeco belongs in the same company as AT&T Park.
When I walked into the park, it seemed huge, with an expansive outfield and seating that seemed too distant. Once the game started, I felt as if I were right on top of the action.
The structure of the stadium lends itself as art. It's retractable roof doubles as beautiful and functional. The function of the ballpark is further enhanced by the wide promenades and convenient foot traffic areas. I wanted to check out every corner of this yard because every view revealed something unique about itself.
Without a doubt my favorite feature was the viewing area in the bullpens. Fans can stand mere feet away from the pitchers as they warm up and are on the same level as them, not standing high above them. One must only channel their inner child, lean up against the chain-link fence and wonder if they really could hit a 93 mph fastball.
The park is situated just outside of downtown with several sports bars (and regular bars) in the area. Sluggers Sports Bar in Pioneer Square has a ton of Seattle memorabilia and ample flat screens for viewing sporting events. I was told a more "local" place to have a drink before the game is at the Triangle Pub across the street.
If you're traveling on the cheap, The Green Tortoise hostel in Pike Place Market is just over a mile away and the walk is a breeze on warm summer night. Because of this, I can't comment on traffic or parking situations. There is however a train stop right outside along a line that runs from downtown to the SeaTac airport.
One of the greatest moments in Seattle sports history was the implosion of the Kingdome. Not as a slight to the difficulties and dry times that the Pacific Northwest's sports scene has seen, the implosion of the Kingdome represents the beginning of the embracing of two of the most fantastic sports venues in all of sports. The Seahawks of the NFL moved on to CenturyLink Field, and the Mariners moved to beautiful Safeco Field.
Safeco Field is owned by the county and is one of the golden age stadiums that ushered in a new era of baseball stadia. It was a departure from the retractable roof stadium like the Rogers Centre where the design is round and the roof is a part of the stadium. The roof at Safeco Field is more like a canopy rather than anything else, remaining open during non-game times.
Regardless of the struggles the Mariners have been having on the field, Safeco remains one of the go-to destinations in Major League Baseball. If you get there you will agree that it was well worth your time and money.
First time to the stadium and overall a good experience. Easy to get to (I was staying downtown). Could easily walk to a bar afterwards. Fans were really nice and into the game, but the stadium was half empty (which I understand). There were many food options and they all looked pretty good.
Just recently (Aug, 2013) I attended a game here - Toronto Blues Jay @ Seattle Mariners. Although the stadium was not completely full of fans, there were as many Canadian fans as Mariners fans and it was a fantastic atmosphere.
There is plenty of food and beverage options at Safeco Field. The better and more interesting options are on the first level. There is a great food/beverage/viewing area out in centerfield called The Pen. It is open pregame (and during the game) and one can watch batting practice as well as both bullpen’s activities. There is plenty of food and beer options in that area and I’d recommend visiting it if you attend a game at Safeco.
I did park at the Safeco Parking Garage $25. We were early and it was open several hours pregame (more than what states on the website). Passed the time visiting a huge souvenir shop that is open pregame. The souvenir shop even offered Toronto Blue Jays t-shirts and attire. Nice touch. Seattle’s finest did a fantastic job with directing traffic out after the game from the parking garage.
Before the gates opened I spent some time at the Pryamid Alehouse across the street from the stadium. Some decent brews and friendly staff.
There is a Hall of Fame museum not only displaying Mariners great and history but other historic baseball information of the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to visit this area when going to Safeco.
I didn’t go on the tour this trip but have been on one in a previous trip and would recommend taking the tour of the ballpark.
The Pacific Northwest, or PNW as known by the locals, is famed for its love of coffee, the great outdoors, plethora of micro brews, and the -slightly misinformed- rain. Seattle until recently has not been known as a sports city, where locals would rather spend a Sunday hiking the Cascades or Olympic Mountain range than spectating. The Sonics' exit and perception of the Mariners being a Yankees farm team, leaves the fans feeling heart-broken. The revival of the Seahawks and the failed push of the Seattle Super Sonics return has brought back a tingle in the city that good things are to come for Seattle sports.
Home of the Mariners, Safeco Field is nestled between Century Link, and a few of Seattle’s most tasty staples, Pyramid and Elysian Breweries. Depart from the metal fences, plastic seats, peanuts and cracker jacks to the surrounding two blocks which makes Safeco a must see while in the PNW.
I had another great visit to Safeco Field in September 2013. I came away even more impressed than my first visit.
The food selection is even better than I had remembered with plenty legitimate vegetarian options. Since this is a ballpark, I don't even consider decent vegetarian selection as an option while attending. Not only were they aplenty, they were good. I couldn't believe. Lots of other options that looked great like Ivar's seafood, pizza, and gourmet hamburgers. Be sure to check out the Beers of the Northwest booth near the left field bleachers. I had an Elysian IPA.
My favorite part about Safeco Field is their unique and accessible Mariners Hall of Fame. For each player there is a few pieces of memorabilia as well as some facts about their time with the Mariners. Best of all was the highlight reel on an LED screen that would play on repeat in front of each plaque.
While the field is covered, if it is raining you still get hit by drops if you're sitting in the center field bleachers. The ushers were cool (even recommended) about us switching seats as it was far from a sellout. We ended up spending a lot of time near the bullpens beyond the right field wall where we could watch the relievers warm up, while still catching the action on the field.
The neighborhood is good too. It was a little crazy as Washington State was hosting Stanford next door at Centurylink Field on the same day. Apparently WSU plays one game a year in Seattle. Lots of places were packed but Cowgirls seemed to be the most popular. After the game, we stopped in at the Central Saloon which was a bit of a dive, but full of both college kids and older Wazzou alumni. They had an excellent beer selection to go along with swill and sticky bars that we are accustomed to for our favorite dives.
Spacious yet small. Modern with everything you need and lots of diversity as far as food is concerned.
I loved the architecture of the stadium. It didn't feel to big.
The Pacific Northwest, and the city of Seattle, had a one-year taste of baseball in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots. But after just a single season, future commissioner Bud Selig packed the Pilots up and moved them to Milwaukee where they still play today as the Brewers. But just 7 years later in 1977, Major League Baseball returned to the Emerald City as the Seattle Mariners began play at the Kingdome. It was a rough beginning for the team, as the Mariners did not have a winning season until 1991.
The team’s first real season of success came in 1995. It was the first year the Mariners made the postseason led by manager Lou Pinella, DH Edgar Martinez, SP Randy Johnson, and OF’s Ken Griffy Jr. & Jay Buhner. After coming back from a 2-0 deficit to the New York Yankees in the ALDS, sealed by an 11th inning double by Martinez that is arguably the most famous Mariners’ play in franchise history, Seattle fell to the Indians in the ALCS.
2001 was the most successful year for the Mariners, as they won an MLB record 116 games behind the bats of MVP and Rookie of the Year Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Boone, Mike Cameron, and Edgar Martinez, along with the pitching from Freddy Garcia, Jamie Moyer, Arthur Rhodes, among others.
Safeco Field, built in 1999 just south of downtown and at the end of Interstate-90, seats just over 47,000 spectators and has been the Mariners home since it opened. It was the home of the “Seattle Bowl” for one year in 2001.
Known as a “pitcher’s park” because of its location at 0 feet above sea-level, the fences were moved in for the 2012 season. LF is at just 331 feet, CF 401 feet, and RF 326 feet.
Since it was built, Safeco has been known as one of the most laid back, family friendly ballparks in all MLB. It lacks the passion of Wrigley or Fenway, but the facility is still state-of-the-art, and for a nice night or afternoon for some baseball with a friendly, laid back atmosphere, look no further than Safeco Field.
Very Clean. Great seats for great prices. You get to be face to face with the pitchers in the bull pen. Has a nice children area and you can come before the game for batting practice and catch home runs. Also in a very nice location.
Safeco Field is the crown jewel of the Emerald City. Opened in the summer of 1999, Safeco holds 47,898 rabid M’s fans. ‘The Safe’ is widely considered one of the best venues to watch a baseball game in the Major Leagues.
After toiling for nearly two decades in the American League, Seattle finally earned their first taste of postseason baseball in 1995. A clutch Edgar Martinez double in Game 5 of the ALDS allowed the Mariners to advance to the American League Championship for the first time in franchise history. The M’s had long been considered relocation candidates prior to their famous run in ’95. Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson and the rest of the ’95 Mariners are credited with saving baseball in the Pacific Northwest.
The M’s may not have a rich history, but some of the greatest players in Major League Baseball have donned an M’s uniform. Ken Griffey Jr. spent 13 years in Seattle, and Randy Johnson rose to fame with the Mariners in the 90’s. Edgar Martinez is the most accomplished designated hitter in baseball history. Alex Rodriguez was drafted by the M’s, and spent 7 seasons in the Pacific Northwest. Ichiro Suzuki was a fan favorite, and called Seattle home for 12 seasons.
The Mariners ruled baseball during the regular season in 2001. Led by a cast of colorful characters, Seattle recorded an American League record, 116 wins. The M’s fell short of their ultimate goal, losing to the New York Yankees in the ALCS.
In 1995, with the Mariners in the midst of a magical playoff run in the dismal Kingdome, voters weighed in on a tax to build a baseball-only stadium to replace the concrete eyesore that had hosted the Mariners since 1977. The voters declined by the slimmest of margins. But the King County Council, faced with a threatened Mariner move to St. Petersburg, Florida, passed a different tax package shortly thereafter without going to the voters. Baseball fans were delighted with the result, Safeco Field. It opened in July of 1999, and is a classy facility that is aging gracefully in the Pacific Northwest.
Safeco is notable for the unique design of its retractable roof. The roof does not fully enclose the field, as do the other five retractable roofs in MLB. It acts more as a canopy, as breezes can still head in from the north over the left field stands. The result is that fans are protected from Pacific Northwest drizzle, but can still enjoy the outdoor air. In spite of Seattle's temperate climate, it can get chilly in the spring and fall. Fans should come ready with a blanket or sweatshirt. Safeco Field may have a roof, but it doesn't provide protection from the cold.
Notable events at Safeco include two years of playoffs, including the historic 116-win 2001 team (although the team has not tasted the playoffs since), as well as the 2001 All-Star game, and two perfect games thrown four months apart: Philip Humber in April and Felix Hernandez in August of 2012.
Recent changes include bringing in the left field fence several yards before the 2015 season, allowing for the construction of Edgar’s Cantina, an eatery that sits in front of the hand-operated left field scoreboard.
I went to Safeco last summer thinking it would be my new #1. Sadly, that wasn't the case. Now don't get me wrong, I like this park! I just don't get all the hype about it. This stadium kinda reminded me of Coors Field. It looked just like Coors Field but lacked the charm and atmosphere that made it so great. You do get an excellent view of the city on the first base line and you've got a giant video board but that still underwhelmed me. Petco Park has all of that and IMO does it better. The food selection was great though and hey, the home nine are vastly improving. Overall, Safeco is a great place to catch a game, but don't believe all the hype.
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