Safeco Field is home to the Seattle Mariners and one of the premier ballparks in all of Major League Baseball. The “Safe” as it is known to Mariners fans is just a few minutes walk from downtown Seattle and is recognized annually for its clean design, one-of-a-kind retractable roof, excellent food, and scenic views. It is truly a ballpark every fan should enjoy. So, to help you get the most out of your visit, here is The Hardball Network’s First-Timer’s Guide: 5 Things Every Fan Should Do at Safeco Field.
Take a Tour
Compared to other tours we have taken the tour of Safeco Field is short, about one hour in length. Other tours around the league typically last one and a half or even two hours depending on which ballpark you are visiting. Despite this, the tour guides at Safeco Field do a great job packing in all the destinations and information you would want out of the longer tours into one hour and you don’t feel rushed. Safeco Field tours include stops under the stadium to the visitor’s clubhouse and post-game press room which are usually closed off to the public. Tour participants are also allowed to enter the playing field and explore each teams dugout. Tours finish with a visit to the press box and a luxury suite where you will be educated about the construction of Safeco Field’s one-of-a-kind retractable roof and the history of Mariners baseball. Tours at Safeco Field are often given twice a day depending on game time. For official updates and tour availability be sure to check the Seattle Mariners official website.
Enter Early Through the ‘Pen Gate
Getting access to the players two hours before first pitch is great. Getting access to the players half an hour before the rest of the fans gathering at the main gates is even better! What’s the trick? It’s simple. If you are one of the first 1,000 fans who enter Safeco Field through the ‘Pen and Center Field gates you can enter two and a half hours before first pitch. So what’s the ‘Pen you ask? The ‘Pen is a gathering point behind the left and center field walls where fans can get together before the game, grab a bite to eat, have a happy hour drink, watch players from both teams take batting practice as well as view pitchers and catchers warming up in the bullpens. If it is batting practice home runs or toss-ups you are hunting the ‘Pen is a great place to start. Be warned though, the ‘Pen fills up with fans quickly so get in line early at the gates to beat the crowds of people. We were actually first in line to enter the ballpark and received a toss-up in the very first minute we were inside the ‘Pen!
- Mariners Hall of Fame and Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest
Although the history of the Seattle Mariners only dates back to 1977, baseball in the Pacific Northwest began 100 years prior and the Mariners Hall of Fame and Baseball Museum of The Pacific Northwest is a great place to learn about the history of baseball in the region. Located on the Main Concourse, winding across sections 135-141, the Mariners Hall of Fame was created in 1997. Nine members have been inducted into the Mariners HOF including the first player inducted Alvin Davis (1997), Mr. Mariner himself, Ken Griffey Jr, whose statue stands in front of the main gates of Safeco Field (2013), famed announcer Dave Niehaus, whose statue at section 105 is one of the most popular attractions for fans to take a picture at during games (2000). and arguably the greatest designated hitter of all-time, Edgar Martinez (2007). If you want to learn more about the Mariners or other teams that called Seattle home over the years like the beloved Rainers the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest has a great collection of memorabilia and interactive activities for fans. You can compare different bats used across eras. See up close different uniforms and mitts used throughout the years. Oh, and if bobbleheads are your thing keep a look out for the Ichiro bobblehead collection which will make any collector jealous.
Visit the 300 View Level
We always suggest visiting the View Level at any ballpark and if you are heading to Safeco Field it is a must. Not only are there terrific views of the playing field but if you head over to “Lookout Landing” you can get spectacular, picture-worthy vistas of the harbor and Seattle city skyline. If keeping costs down is important to you then a View Level seat at Safeco Field can be a great investment and new for the 2018 season are BECU Value Games. During these select games, fans can purchase View Level seats for just $15. That’s not a bad price especially if you can get a seat behind home plate. If rain is a concern while you are in Seattle don’t worry your seat will be covered on the View Level as well. Just remember though, Safeco Field is an outdoor stadium where the roof only acts as an umbrella to keep the seats and playing field dry so the View Level Concourse will be open to the elements.
Visit Guest Services
- It doesn’t matter which ballpark you are visiting you should always stop at Guest Services at some point during the game. Guest Services is a great place to load up on free souvenirs like buttons, magnets, wristbands and other team goodies to remember your experience. You can also grab your First Game Certificate at Guest Services as well as ask questions about what to do at the ballpark. It was at Guest Services where we learned about Lookout Landing and the Dave Niehaus statue that is so popular with fans. A visit to the ballpark is about the experience just as much as it is about the game taking place on the field. So be sure to take advantage of the Guest Services booths located throughout Safeco Field. They are there for you and to make sure you have a great time at the ball game!
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