Safeco Field’s sustainability bona fides just got another boost. ElectricChoice.com, a coalition of electricity consultants that operate a marketplace to connect private and commercial customers with affordable power, rated MLB ballparks for energy efficiency and ranked Safeco Field #1.
The survey singled out the LED field lights that use half the power of the old fixtures while providing superior lighting for players, fans and the TV broadcast. They also noted the solar panel array that generates 40,000 kWh of electricity a year.
These and other changes have helped Safeco Field to the lowest energy intensity rating of any ballpark in MLB.
Rounding out the top five are:
- Target Field – Minnesota Twins
- Busch Stadium – St. Louis Cardinals
- Nationals Park – Washington Nationals
- Marlins Park – Miami Marlins
With today’s clouds and predictions of rain for later tonight, you may be wondering about tonight’s fireworks show.
Unless it is pouring down rain with high winds, the show will go on.
Mother Nature seems to be cooperating because the chance of rain is down to 24% by 9pm, and 37% by 10pm.
Even if there is light rain, the field will be tarped and roof panels will be positioned to keep the majority of the seating bowl under cover during the fireworks show.
The only conditions that would result in a postponement are heavy rain and high winds. If that happens, we’ll release information about a make-good ticket offer.
Bacon-wrapped hot dogs, Dungeness crab sandwich and fish tacos at Edgar’s…
Hungry baseball fans have a lot of new options at Safeco Field this season.
The Way Back Crab Shack in center field on the Main Level, will feature a grilled Dungeness crab sandwich and Pike Brewery beer on tap.
Edgar’s Cantina in left field is introducing fish tacos this season. There’s also an Edgar’s Cantina annex on the Terrace Club that will offer chicken, pork and beef tacos, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and red and white sangria and Zac margaritas on tap.
The Hit it Here Café over right field has an updated décor and a new menu, courtesy of consulting Chef Ethan Stowell. Stowell has brought a “Northwest fresh” theme to a selection of pub classics such as wings, burgers and a selection of flatbread pizzas including prosciutto and arugula, wild mushroom, and pepperoni.
For dessert, the Hit it Here features beer floats with Snoqualmie creamery ice cream and local craft beers.
Follow @SafecoFieldFoodie on Instagram for a closer look at all of the great food and beverages available at Safeco Field throughout the season.
Opening Day is four weeks out and there is a lot going on at Safeco Field to get ready for the 2015 season.
The grounds crew is in daily field prep mode now after a reduced schedule October – February. They’re also about to start practicing the new dance routine they’ll premier on Opening Day. Among the activities for them are fertilizing, mowing, edging, basically all the duties we’re doing to wake our yards up from their winter dormancy.
New seats are being installed in the Diamond Club (right behind home plate) and new seat backs are being installed on the bleachers. The Hit It Here Café is not only getting new furniture and an updated décor, but Centerplate and consulting chef Ethan Stowell have revamped the menu.
The dugouts have both gotten durable new rubberized flooring, and the logos on top of both the home and visitors dugouts are getting a new paint job.
Work will continue over the next four weeks to clean and prep the ballpark for the April 6th Opening Day matchup with the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch is 1:10pm.
The Mariners received an award on Saturday from Sustainable Seattle in recognition of our “commitment to raising the bar for sustainability in the Puget Sound region.”
The “Setting an Example” award was handed out during the Sustainability Leadership awards banquet in downtown Seattle.
Dennis McLerran, Environmental Protection Agency Regional administrator, commented on the Mariners award, “The Mariners reflect the green values of their city and fans as they set a national example for sustainable games. The sustainability practices the Mariner use at Safeco Field on a large scale – recycling, composting, installing efficient lights – are simple and impactful things fans can do at home.”
Since 2005, the Mariners sustainability practices have improved the recycling rate at Safeco Field from just 12% to over 90% today. We have twice been named American League Recycling champs, and are among the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, a group of nearly 300 sports teams and venues dedicated to sustainable operations.
Just last week, we announced that Safeco Field is the first Major League ballpark to switch from outdated metal halide lights to LEDs to illuminate the playing field. This change will not only provide a better on-field experience for our players and for fans watching at the ballpark and at home, but will also reduce our energy consumption by 60%-70% percent.
Safeco Field will be the first Major League ballpark to light the playing field with LED lights.
LED are light emitting diodes. They produce brighter, more uniform light that is as close to daylight as a man-made fixture can be.
For the players, that means fewer shadows on the field and less glare. For fans in the stands, and those at home, especially if you’re watching on an HDTV, the lights will make everything will look crisper and more vibrant. Because the light is more evenly distributed across the spectrum, there’s no flicker, which is necessary for today’s super-slow motion replays.
MLB had a team of lighting experts at Safeco Field last week to check the levels at precise points on the field. In every location the new lights met or exceeded MLB requirements.
In addition to benefits for players and fans, the new lights are a lot more efficient than the old metal halide lights. They’ll reduce electricity consumption by 60%-70%, and each fixture should last 50 or more years (as opposed to three years for the old lights).
The project was a partnership between the Mariners, Planled (of Federal Way, WA) and KMW, Inc. of Korea.
Although Safeco Field will be the first MLB ballpark to go LED, there are a handful of pro sports facilities that have already made the move: Staples Center in Los Angeles; NRG Stadium in Houston; and University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, where the Seahawks will play under LED lights at Super Bowl XLIX on February 1.
Ever wonder how many times the Mariners have played at Safeco Field with the roof open, closed, or even how many times the roof has moved during the course of a game?
Well, we’ve got you covered as we have recorded the date for all of the roof openings and closings during the history of Safeco Field dating back to the first game played on July 15, 1999 vs. the San Diego Padres.
Since the first game at Safeco Field, there have been 1,262 regular season games played, with the Mariners holding a record of 669-593 (.530) in those games.
The below graphic will show you the amount of times the retractable roof has been open during a game, closed for a game or moved to the closed position during a game. MLB rules state that the roof can only close during play once. If the game starts with the roof closed, it must remain that way for the entire game.
While Seattle is notoriously known for “always raining”, the roof has actually been open in 78% of games played (985 of 1262). It has been closed (or moved during a game) roughly 22% of the time. The record for most games played in the open air is 71 (out of 81 home games) in 2006 and 2012.
Here is a breakdown of the Mariners records by roof “position”:
Roof Open: 520-465 (.528) — 985 of 1262 games
Roof Closed: 91-82 (.526) — 173 of 1262 games
Roof Moves: 58-46 (.558) — 104 of 1262 games
And for those interested, here is a fun look at the Safeco Field roof closing, which takes 10-20 minutes depending on wind and other weather conditions.
Throughout the offseason we will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at Safeco Field. To start with, we wanted to share with you the rebranding of the conference rooms at Safeco Field. The main goal is to celebrate our history and current team in a more dynamic way throughout our offices.
The rebranding of the conference rooms at Safeco Field is an effort to give these rooms that are utilized by front office staff, corporate partners and fans a fresh look. The rooms will celebrate the organization’s history as well as the current team.
The first room that received a new-look was the large conference room on the suite level of Safeco Field. This room is not only used by Mariners staff but it can be booked on a game day by fans looking for a bigger space to have a meeting or a pre-game gathering (more on booking an event). The room was rebranded the “Legends Room.” It features all of the Mariners Hall of Famers as well as various photographs of Safeco Field.
Four other conference rooms will be rebranded this off-season. One will honor Ken Griffey Jr. Another will pay tribute to “Mr. Mariner” Alvin Davis. A third will salute the Mariners all-time hits leader Ichiro Suzuki. The fourth will celebrate the current team with images of Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Hisashi Iwakuma and others.
All the work will be completed by the end of January 2015.
Here are some pictures of the Legends Room:
On Saturday night, the Seattle Mariners hit an attendance milestone that hasn’t happened at Safeco Field since 2010 – the two millionth fan of the year passed through the gates of the ballpark.
Brian Grimm, a 22-year old student from Asotin, Washington, was showered with confetti and greeted by the Mariner Moose at approximately 5:10pm inside the Home Plate Gate.
Grimm, who came over with his girlfriend to attend the game with his mom, her boyfriend and his little brother. This was only the second time that Grimm had come to Safeco Field. The first time was the weekend in July 1999 when the ballpark opened.
Mariners attendance has increased 15% this year over last season. That’s the biggest percentage increase in all of Major League Baseball.
Thanks fans for a great season and for being True to the Blue!