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.
Which MLB ballpark has the best food? Of course, we think it’s Safeco Field, what with noted local Chef Ethan Stowell lending his considerable talents to the effort.
USA Today wants to hear from fans who are foodies. They’re asking fans to Tweet, Instagram or email photos of their favorite ballpark food by Friday, July 5. Use the hashtag #StadiumFoodKing, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s hear it for Edgar’s Tacos, the Oyster Po’ Boy, or even your favorite craft beer.
Here are some images from last night’s 3-0 victory over the Houston Astros in the 2013 Home Opener.
Monday is Opening Night at Safeco Field, a night of pomp and ceremony, a little fireworks, and Mariners fans’ first up-close look at the team. It’s always a great day, and in fact, we here at the Corner of Edgar & Dave wonder why it’s not a national holiday. But we digress.
If you have not already made plans to be at Safeco Field on Monday, there’s still time to get tickets. And what a night it will be.
Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in Mariners history, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which will be caught by his former battery mate, Mariners Hall of Famer Dan Wilson.
Fresh off the stages of South By Southwest, Seattle band Pickwick will perform a set of three songs including a cover of Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up, John Fogerty’s baseball classic Centerfield, and an original composition called Window Sill. You fans of KEXP know Pickwick well. For those who are new to the group, their sound is a fusion of blues, soul and R&B, with tight instrumental grooves and the powerful, soulful voice of singer Galen Disston.
One of the highlights of the pregame ceremony is the always-emotional first run around the bases by a Make-A-Wish® child. This year, it’s 11-year old Marlee Burkett of Sammamish. She did a few practice laps at Safeco Field on Friday, and she looks to be in mid-season form.
We’ll also hear the dulcet tones of our beloved Dave Niehaus as he reads a classic poem about the magic of opening day and baseball.
Opening Night is only the first of a 10-game homestand. Other highlights include a convening of the Supreme Court on Thursday, April 11, for Felix’s first Safeco Field start of the year. The first 25,000 fans will get a King Felix Supreme Court t-shirt and commemorative K card, courtesy of ROOT SPORTS®. Special ticket prices for the game are $10 for all View Level seats and $25 for select Main Level, Terrace Club and Outfield Reserved seats.
Saturday, April 13, is the annual Salute to Armed Forces Night, presented by The Boeing Company, where we pay tribute to the men and women serving our nation in the military. The evening will feature a special pre-game ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Current and former members of the U.S. military receive special discounts. Following the game, 15,000 fans will take home a commemorative Mariners military coin, courtesy of Boeing.
There are also two Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Pack Nights and a BECU Family Night during the opening homestand. Come on out to the ballpark and help usher in another season of Mariners Baseball.
Opening Night is still almost three weeks away, but there will be baseball at Safeco Field on Saturday. The annual High School Baseball Classic starts this Saturday (March 23) with double-headers on four Saturdays through April 20.
This week’s match-ups are Sedro Woolley vs. Olympic and Kentridge vs. West Seattle. Game 1 starts at 12:30 pm and Game 2 starts at 4 pm. Admission is free and parking is just $5 at the Safeco Field garage.
Match-ups for the future games are:
Saturday, March 30
12:30pm – Puyallup vs. Lake Washington
4pm – Issaquah vs. Mt. Si.
Saturday, April 6
12:30pm – Highlign vs. Auburn Mountain View
4pm – Kentwood vs. Ballard
Saturday, April 20
12:30pm – Nathan Hale vs. Wilson
4pm – Eastside Catholic vs. Newport
When the Mariners signed our lease in 1996 to play at Safeco Field, we included a unique arrangement: A guarantee to share profits with the public through the Public Facilities District (PFD). The PFD owns and oversees the operations of the ballpark on behalf of the public.
The arrangement, which was the idea of Mariners then-Chairman and CEO John Ellis, made tangible the idea that the ballpark was truly a partnership between the public and the team.
Here’s how it works. After recovering the financial losses that the organization incurred from 1995-1999 ($200 million), the Mariners would share 10-percent of our profits with the community via the PFD. There is no other such profit-sharing in Major League Baseball or, to our knowledge, in any other professional sport.
Earlier today at its quarterly board meeting, the PFD reviewed the Mariners 2012 financial report to get an update on the status of the profit-sharing. Based on a special calculation in the lease, the Mariners lowered that $200 million of losses (1995-1999) by $7,968,000 last year, which means that just $37,463,000 remains to be recovered before future profits will be shared with the PFD.
Separate and distinct from the special calculation in the lease, the Mariners also reported to the PFD that the club’s operating income in 2012 was $5,863,000. That was mostly due to a couple of mid-season trades that sent Brandon League to the Dodgers and Ichiro to the Yankees. With their new teams picking up the remainder of their salaries for the season, the savings showed up on our ledgers at the end of the fiscal year. But it should be noted that both trades were made for baseball reasons only.
The Mariners ownership group has never received a distribution of profits from team operations. In any season when there has been a profit, those dollars have been reinvested into the franchise to reach its goal of a championship team and to live up to its obligation to maintain Safeco Field.
King County, in an agreement with the Washington State Legislature, created the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) to site, build and oversee operations of a new Major League Baseball Stadium that became Safeco Field. The PFD oversees stewardship of the ballpark and represents the citizens’ interests in changes affecting the ballpark and its surrounding neighborhood. Under a lease with the PFD, the Mariners organization is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for events. The PFD regularly commissions expert studies (audits, engineering, maintenance, etc.) to ensure the ballpark is operated and maintained in a first-class manner.
It is always nice to be recognized, and Major League Baseball has named us the American League recycling champions for 2012. The National League winner was the San Francisco Giants. And because the Giants just edge the Mariners for total recycling rate, they were named recipients of the 2012 “Green Glove” Award.
The Mariners recycle or compost around 85% of all waste generated at Safeco Field. Over the course of the season, that means about 5.5 tons of waste is being diverted from landfills. The compostable waste is transformed by Cedar Grove into Safeco Field Soil, which has been a popular fan giveaway the last couple of seasons.
In addition to the Mariners and Giants, other teams singled out for recognition include the “East Division Champion Recyclers” Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, “Central Division Champion Recyclers” Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, and four “Wild Card” teams the Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. The Cincinnati Reds were named “Most Improved Team.”
MLB has a long-standing alliance with the Natural Resources Defense Council to help identify and promoted better environmental practices across the sport.