Location: Seattle, Washington
Address: 1516 First Avenue S. Seattle, Washington 98134
Parking: There are several large and small parking lots that require a short distance walk to Safeco Field.
Year Opened: 1999
Occupants: Seattle Mariners
Rules: No Beverages permitted, some food allowed
The story of the Seattle Mariners actually started back in the early 1970s when Major League Baseball tried unsuccessfully to get the Seattle Pilots off the ground. Stadium troubles caused the team to move elsewhere, but by 1977, the American League expanded and the Seattle Mariners began play at the Kingdome. The massive domed facility was shared with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and during the Mariners' opening day on April 6, 1977, nearly 57,000 fans packed the venue. In the early '90s, the Kingdome began to fall into disrepair, so the Mariners began negotiations on their new ballpark, Safeco Field, which would open on July 15, 1999.
Safeco Field is one of the biggest ballparks in the major leagues with a seating capacity of 46,621. It boasts a retractable roof to combat the frequently rainy weather of the Puget Sound area and a host of new luxury boxes, concessions and countless other modern amenities. The Pen is always a busy spot during game days, offering a wide range of food, beverages and a chance to view the 12,500 personalized bricks that make up the Fan Walk around the lower concourse. Fans can also enjoy Hit it Here Cafe, a full-service restaurant located on the terrace level of right field with spectacular views of the park and delectable game day cuisine and cocktails.
One of the most popular attractions at the park is the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest - this museum explains the vivid history of Seattle baseball, and features exhibits detailing the members of the Mariners Hall of Fame. Younger fans can check out the Moose Den where kids can meet the mascot Mariner Moose during each home game. In addition, The Kids' Clubhouse is another family-friendly area with shops, interactive games and anything else a child could want.
On the field, the Mariners have won a division championship and made an appearance in the American League championship series since moving into Safeco Field. The ball club always seems to be in the thick of the American League West race, which has made Safeco Field one of the most electrifying atmospheres in baseball. With its beautiful scenery, countless amenities, ease of access and plenty of pulse-pounding action on the field, seeing a game at Safeco Field is a must for any baseball fan traveling to Seattle.