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.
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The Mariners hit a home run when it comes to food and drink at Safeco Field. Ballpark favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza are readily available from vendors conveniently located all over the stadium. If seafood is your thing, I suggest you head to the Ivar's stands. They offer the best clam chowder on the west coast, and the famed seafood restaurant has multiple locations throughout the park. Sushi and other more exotic foods can also be found at various locations.
Safeco has a number of popular bars built into the stadium, the most notable of which is The 'Pen. Located adjacent to the bullpens in center field, The 'Pen opens two and a half hours prior to the first pitch. The 'Pen offers a wide variety of tastes that are sure to please even the most culinary savvy fans. This area is typically packed with fans, and I suggest you get there early if you want a good seat.
Named after the greatest designated hitter in baseball history, Edgar's Cantina can be found under the manual scoreboard in the left field corner. Ethan Stowell is a famed local chef, and he has created a special menu for Edgar's. It is a really neat area that features tables and a special porch to watch the action from.
The Hit-It-Here Café is the place to go for a great view of the action and even better food. Located on the second level down the right field line, The Hit-it-Here Café is a full service restaurant. The Hit-It-Here Café is extremely popular amongst fans, and it typically takes a few minutes to get a table.
There is a wide variety of beer available at Safeco. They have the typical favorites, but the selection of local craft beers is unparalleled in all of baseball. My personal favorite is Pyramid, which is brewed just across the street at the local brewery.
Safeco Field is a beautiful place to watch a baseball game. Built in 1999, the Safe still feels brand new. When the roof is open, there are amazing views of the skyline in downtown Seattle. From the concourse, you can watch boats go by in Puget Sound. The setting is rare for a sporting venue, and it is a joy to wander the stadium.
The video board in center field is the largest of its kind in Major League Baseball. Covering an incredible 11,425 square feet, the jumbotron at Safeco Field is truly jumbo. When you arrive at the stadium, you can send photos of yourself at the game to the Mariners via social media. The M's select their favorites and post them on the video board prior to the game.
The Seattle Mariners have always done a great job making their games family friendly. Despite having so many bars, fans are usually sober. They have a hidden ball game and boat races on the video board in between innings. There are special non-alcoholic sections and private areas for nursing mothers.
Safeco Field is a very laid back environment. There are a few boo birds, but for the most part, fans are just there to have a good time watching the Mariners. It may not have the same intensity of places like Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium, but that is just the way they like it there in the Pacific Northwest.
Safeco Field is located south of the downtown core in Seattle, referred to by locals as the SoDo district. The stadium itself is situated in what was once the industrial hub of Seattle. Today, this part of town is dominated by sporting venues. Century Link Field, home to the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders is just across the street.
Seattle is filled with amazing tourist attractions, and Safeco Field is within walking distance to many of them. Puget Sound is just a few blocks away. Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market are a bit of trek, but both are well worth the walk. However, I suggest that you do any sightseeing before the game. The neighborhood is not the safest, and wandering after dark is not the best idea.
There are many great options for food in the area. Right across the street from the stadium on First Avenue is Pyramid Breweries. Pyramid is a hub of activity prior to and after M's games. F.X. McRory's is an institution in Seattle, and has been ever since the Mariners arrived in the Emerald City back in 1977. This steak house and oyster bar is a couple blocks north of Safeco Field. If you feel like taking a walk to the water, I highly recommend Ivar's Acres of Clams located on Pier 54. Ivar's is world renowned for their seafood, and the view is the best in the city.
In terms of accommodation, there is nowhere better to stay than the Silver Cloud Hotel. Located across the street from Safeco Field, the Silver Cloud is just steps away from the left field entrance to the park. It is not cheap, but the location makes it well worth the price. The Silver Cloud is extremely popular, so make sure book well in advance.
The fans at Safeco Field are usually hard to find. The Mariners led the league in attendance during the early 2000's, but those days are long gone. The past few years have seen a steep drop off in support, and today Safeco is generally a little over half full.
Generally speaking, Seattle Mariners' fans are nice, mild-mannered and knowledgeable. They are quick to list off their favorite players from the 1995 team, and tell you how disappointing the current incarnation is. There is often a sense that fans are at the game to watch the visitors instead of the home team. However, there are plenty of die-hards littering the stands every night.
I have been attending games at Safeco Field since it was built, and I feel as though the recent additions of places like Edgar's and The 'Pen have increased attendance, but hurt fan involvement. There are plenty of people at the bars in left field and center field, but they always seem more interested in eating and drinking than watching the game.
Overall, Safeco Field is a safe place to bring young families. The atmosphere is low key, and the fans are pretty well behaved.
Anyone who has driven around Seattle can attest to how difficult it can be. Finding the stadium itself is not too hard. You can access the park quite easily from I-5. There are a couple exits you can choose from, and there are plenty of signs to help you find your way.
Parking is not an issue for the discerning fan. The Safeco Field Parking Garage is adjacent to the stadium, featuring thousands of spots. You can purchase a ticket to the garage for roughly $25. If you miss out on that opportunity, there are lots lining the roads leading to the park.
Traffic is a way of life in Seattle, and that is something you need to take into account before heading to the stadium. I like to leave extra early just in case something unexpected happens on the roads.
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The price to take in a game at Safeco Field is about average for a Major League Baseball game. The seats behind home plate on the 300 level are the best deal in my opinion. They won't break the bank and they offer a great view of the action. I recommend sitting on the first base side for the best vantage point of the Seattle skyline.
Food is expensive, but again, in comparison to other parks, it is fair. The baseball basics (hot dogs & hamburgers) are $5-$7 dollars. Some of the more specialized food will cost you more, but it is rare to find such delectable treats at a sporting event. Beer is pricey, but the interesting assortment makes it not a bad deal.
Parking will cost you around $25 dollars if you park in the Safeco Field garage. There are numerous other lots around the park. You can get a spot at most places for $15-$20 dollars, but be prepared to walk.
Safeco Field offers average value to fans compared with other parks around the league.
If you get a chance, make sure you stop by the Mariners' Hall of Fame located on the 100 level on the first base side. With plaques honoring players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez, a trip to the Hall of Fame is a must for any Mariners' fan.
The center field area is a great place to bring young ones. The Seattle Children's Hospital Playground is always packed with kids. If meeting the Mariner Moose is your dream, then head over the Mariner Moose Den. The M's mascot happily visits with fans and takes photos in a special alcove on the concourse in center field. The Mariners also give you a chance to impress the scouts with your fastball at the speed pitch in center field.
A statue on the 100 level in right-center field allows fans of all ages can pay tribute to legendary Mariners' broadcaster, Dave Niehaus. Known for his famous "my oh my" call, Niehaus is beloved locally. It is a special monument that provides fans an opportunity to sit next to Niehaus in the booth.
Speaking of the press, the Mariners give fans a rare opportunity to sit with the writers in their Press Box Suite. This section is the only one of its kind in baseball, and is located on the suite level at Safeco Field. A thin layer of glass is all that separates you from the terminally grumpy beat writers.
Safeco Field offers free wifi to fans throughout the ballpark.
The Safe is a premium spot to watch baseball, and you likely won't find a better way to spend a summer night in the Emerald City. I highly recommend taking in a game at the corner of Edgar & Dave if you ever find yourself in Seattle, WA.
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.
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