For 14 years, Greg Holbron has pitched a tent on the sidewalk next to Safeco Field and spent a couple of nights in the cold to make sure he’s among the first fans to buy tickets for the upcoming Mariners season.
Mind you, he’s not after the best, closest seat to home plate. Holbron makes the trek from Tri-Cities and sleeps on concrete for bleacher seats.
“I’m happy with the centerfield bleachers. It’s a good seat and it’s cost effective for a family, and a good view,” he said.
Holbron is joined in this exercise of “Super-Fandom” by Tom Nostrant, a retired middle school math teacher from Aberdeen, who has been camping out for Mariners tickets for 12 years.
Both Holbron and Nostrant realize that they can buy tickets online or at Ticketmaster Ticket Centers closer to home, but they like saving the service charges by buying in person, and Holbron thinks he gets better seats.
“When I’m at the window, I can get the seat I want. When I’m on Ticketmaster, I can only tell them the section, and it thinks for a little bit, “What about these seats?” I know they’re not the best available and I say “No.” And it thinks for another minute or so. Meantime, other people are buying tickets,” explains Holbron.
Nostrant agrees that saving the service charge, along with the high-touch customer service at the Safeco Field ticket office are important. Plus, “It’s fun. Besides Greg and some of his friends, you see the same people every year. It’s kind of a little community,” Nostrant says.
By Thursday morning, two days before single game tickets go on sale for the 2014 season, both Holbron and Nostrant had pitched their small tents on the sidewalk next to the ballpark along 1st Avenue, set up folding chairs, stowed their coffee carafes and cooler of snacks, and fired up a portable heater.
Nostrant says he and Holbron have learned a thing or two over the years about how to survive their urban campout.
“Bring warm things, and when we came across propane heating, that was a bonus. Just be prepared for wet, windy and cold,” said Nostrant.
While their accommodations aren’t ideal (road noise, lights, and sleeping bags on concrete), they came prepared (earplugs, eye masks, air mattresses and pillows), and both Holbron, who takes vacation from his job at the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, and Nostrant, who’s retired, have plenty to do while they wait.
Nostrant has some travel books to help plan an upcoming trip to Amsterdam, and Holbron has downloaded “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” (four full-length novels and 56 short stories) to his Nook ereader.
Both say they look forward to the experience every year, and they get bragging rights that they will be #1 and #2 at the Safeco Field box office when 2014 single game tickets go on sale at 10 am Saturday, March 8.
It’s the annual Select-A-Seat Weekend, and here’s how it works. All seats that are available for season tickets are color-coded (red for full season, blue for weekend, yellow for half-season and white for business plans). Once you find a spot you like, stop by the Select-A-Seat headquarters at Edgar’s Home Run Porch (Main Concourse) or near Sec. 128 (Main Concourse) to speak to a Mariners season ticket representative.
Seats available for 16 Game Plans have tags and information about the plan options that are available at each location. Just take the tag with you to the Select-A-Seat HQ.
Speaking of tickets, there will be a special FanFest presale of Opening Night tickets this weekend. From 10am Saturday until 11:59 pm Monday, you can buy tickets to the Mariners home opener against the Los Angeles Angels on April 8th. Tickets will be available online at mariners.com/tickets, at the Safeco Field Box Office and at Mariners Team Stores (downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southecenter and Alderwood Mall). After the presale, Opening Night tickets will once again be available on March 8 when all single game tickets go on sale to the public.
For everything you need to know about Select-A-Seat, click here.
Before tomorrow’s big playoff game vs. the Saints, stop by Seattle’s best party spot – The ‘Pen at Safeco Field. In The ‘Pen, you’ll find:
- $1 admission
- $5 16 oz. beers on tap including drafts and microbrews
- Great food – burgers and fries, wood-fired pizza and authentic Mexican torta sandwiches (just to name a few)
- DJ and live band at all events
- Multiple TVs to follow all the action around the league
- Cash machines
- A safe, clean and friendly environment
And our good friends at Centerplate will be selling the new 12th Man Pale Ale for $5.
See you there!
For the second consecutive season, the Seattle Mariners have been named the American League Recycling Champions by Major League Baseball. The Mariners bested all other A.L. teams and were just edged out by the San Francisco Giants, the National League Recycling Champs, or the coveted Green Glove Award as the top recycling in MLB.
In 2013, the Mariners recycling rate was 90.94%. We diverted 1,547 tons of waste from the landfill. The largest category was compostables, at 46%, or 782 tons. Food waste made up 33% of that total, and yard waste was 13%. We also recycled 297 tons of concrete and steel from last year’s offseason renovations to Edgar’s Cantina and relocation of the outfield walls.
Here’s a link to more information about the Mariners sustainability efforts.
Over 90% of all waste generated at Safeco Field in 2013 was recycled.
The Mariners fiscal year goes from October to October, so we’re finishing up closing the books on 2013. Among the updates is a milestone in our ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Over 90% of all waste generated at Safeco Field during the last 12 months was recycled – 90.94% to be exact. Back in 2005, before we began our sustainability efforts in earnest, the recycling rate was only 12%.
The biggest category is compostables (food waste and yard waste). That accounts for 46% of the total, or 782 tons. This year, we also recycled 297 tons of concrete and steel from the outfield wall relocation and Edgar’s Cantina construction projects.
Last year, Major League Baseball named the Mariners the top recycling club in the American League, and we were just edged out of the “Green Glove” Award for environmental stewardship by the San Francisco Giants.
The chance of rain tonight will not dampen plans for the Fan Appreciation Night postgame fireworks show at Safeco Field.
The show will go on – unless there is a torrential downpour or sustained winds of 25-35 miles per hour.
One of the roof panels will be covering seats along the third base line, but the other two will be wide open for the fireworks. Fans should plan for a shower tonight and dress accordingly. Also, fans can relocate to the covered areas to watch the show.
Fireworks will start 10-20 minutes after the final out tonight. That gives the pyrotechnicians and groundskeepers time to get ready, and leaves just enough time to give away a brand new Ford C-MAX hybrid car to one lucky fan.
Boys and girls teams from Eastlake Little League in Sammamish got the Big League treatment at Safeco Field on Tuesday.
Both teams were Washington State Majors Baseball and Softball Champions this year, and the boys team went to the Little League World Series, where they lost a heartbreaker semi-final game to a team from Westport, Connecticut.
The teams and their coaches were invited to the ballpark as guests of the Mariners to watch batting practice on the field before the Mariners vs. Astros game. They got to meet Nick Franklin, Raul Ibañez and Rick Rizzs (among others). They were treated to a pregame pizza party, and then team members Sophia Robinson and Dalton Chandler each threw out ceremonial first pitches just before the game started.
Work on converting Safeco Field to a concert venue for the Paul McCartney Out There tour started on Sunday after the Mariners swept aside the Los Angeles Angels.
Today, there’s a huge construction crane in center field hoisting heavy sections of the elaborate stage into position.
Local and tour crews will be on site through Saturday loading-in and then loading-out the show, Safeco Field’s first major concert.
If you are wishing you had tickets but were disappointed that the show is a virtual sell-out, there are some premium ticket opportunities available in Safeco Field’s suites, All-Star Club and the Press Box Club. The premium price gets you a premium location, and with the Press Box Club and All-Star Club, a pre-concert buffet is included. Click this link, or call 206-346-4001.
The Paul McCartney concert at Safeco Field on July 20th is a “virtual sellout,” with only scattered single and view obstructed seats available. If you missed your chance to get great seats to see Sir Paul, never fear.
Some Premium Seating opportunities for Safeco Field’s first-ever major concert are available. These premium seats come with premium views and amenities.
Tickets in the All-Star Club, located on the Suite Level, will include a pre-concert buffet and a cash bar. The cost for All-Star Club seats is $250 each.
To get a little closer to the action, there’s the Press Box Club, located directly behind home plate in the Mariners Press Box. Those seats also include a pre-concert buffet and cash bar. Press Box Club seats are $300 each.
And for you and 19 of your closest friends, there is the private suite option. Prices for 20-person suites start at $4,000, with catering and parking available for purchase.
These premium experiences are available only by calling 206-346-4001.
Sir Paul’s Out There Tour paid a visit to Fenway Park in Boston this week, and stops at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Miller Park in Milwaukee before hitting Safeco Field on the 20th.
The massive production requires a crew of 250 people and 31 trucks’ worth of equipment, including lasers, pyrotechnics, two huge LED screens, and 70,000 watts of state of the art audio equipment.