Some 1,300 runners and walkers turned out at Safeco Field over the weekend for the Third Annual Refuse to Abuse 5K. The event raised $107,000 to benefit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
This unique event is the only 5K that uses Safeco Field as its course. Participants wound their way around every level of the ballpark with a final lap around the warning track on the field.
The 5K builds on the 18-year partnership between the Mariners and the Coalition that resulted in the groundbreaking Refuse To Abuse® violence prevention campaign which helps raise awareness and gives community members a way to get involved in preventing domestic violence.
Here is a link to a feature that FOX Sports produced on food at three ballparks, Safeco Field, AT&T Park and Target Field. It features Ethan Stowell and MasterChef’s Graham Elliott. The piece has aired a few times on FOX Sports Live and a shorter version ran before the All-Star Game. Great to see Safeco Field’s great food featured on the national level. Enjoy!
The Mariners open a 8-game, 3-team homestand tonight with the first of three games vs. the New York Yankees. The Rangers (3 games, Friday-Sunday) and Interleague rival San Diego Padres (2 games, Monday-Tuesday) also visit Seattle during this homestand. Here are some fun events and promotions featured during this 8-game set:
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.
We are ready at Safeco Field for a big weekend of football as our neighbors host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Centurylink Field.
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.