The popular Tailgate at The ‘Pen pregame functions for Huskies and Seahawks fans are back on. The Washington State Liquor Board has determined that “Tailgates at the Pen” in Safeco Field will be permitted for the remaining games during the college and NFL seasons.
The Pen will be open at 4:30pm before this Saturday’s game between the Huskies and the University of Utah, and at 11:30am before Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and Jets.
At The ‘Pen, football fans will find food and drink specials. Plus there are plenty of monitors to keep track of all the pregame action.
Go Huskies and Seahawks!
The tailgate event at The ‘Pen at Safeco Field will be closed for a private function on Saturday before the UW vs. Oregon State game.
It’s suggested that Huskies fans who were expecting to pre-function at The ‘Pen should patronize one of the many fine food and beverage establishments in the Sodo, Pioneer Square and International District areas.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was meeting with members of his staff today, and looked up to see this outside his window at Safeco Field.
Jack is already hard at work on the 2013 (and beyond!) club, and seeing the rainbow is just another sign of the bright future ahead for the club…as well as a reminder of the magic of the ballpark!
Today the Mariners announced that the outfield dimensions at Safeco Field will be adjusted for the 2013 season.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik also met with the media this afternoon to discuss the changes to the outfield dimensions.
The Seattle Mariners environmental partner, BASF, has made a breakthrough in sustainable packaging with a compostable peanut bag. The first 10,000 fans through the gates at Wednesday’s Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox game received the classic ballpark treat in a 100% compostable bag.
Mariners Vice President of Ballpark Operations Scott Jenkins says this development could make it possible for the Mariners to achieve our goal of 90% recycling and composting at Safeco Field. Right now, we recycle or compost over 80% of all waste generated at the ballpark.
“All of our service ware is already compostable. Getting the non-compostable packaging out of the supply stream would remove one of the biggest barriers preventing us from reaching our goal,” says Jenkins.
Right now, candy wrappers and snack bags have to be hand sorted out of our waste stream. Removing that contamination could result in a significant cost savings.
Earlier attempts at compostable packaging for snacks fell short of consumer expectations. BASF has developed new biopolymer technology that “delivers needed shelf-life at a competitive price point with a sustainable end-of-life solution.”
If you’re going to the Seattle Seahawks game tonight, check out the Tailgate at The ‘Pen at Safeco Field. Gates (on the Royal Brougham side of the ballpark) open three hours before kickoff.
It’s a great setting that’s one of the most popular areas at Safeco Field. You’ll find all the delicious food available for Mariners games—New Haven-style pizza, authentic crepes and anti-fast food burgers (from Seattle check Ethan Stowell), Mexican tortugas—and drink specials. Plus there are plenty of monitors to keep track of all the pregame action.
And if you’re parking south of Century Link Field, it’s on the way.
Tailgate at The ‘Pen will also be open after Saturday’s Mariners game (1:05pm start against Los Angeles Angels) for the Washington Huskies matchup against San Diego State.
One of the many details of Safeco Field that visitors might never notice is the huge statue of an umpire presiding over the Wells Fargo Terrace Club lounge on the first base side.
The sculpture was commissioned by Safeco in 2001 from Seattle artist Scott Fife. The idea was to celebrate baseball and the basic values of sportsmanship and fair play.
Fife studied vintage photos of umpires from the old Pacific Coast League including a 1955 image of Emmett Ashford, the first African American umpire in the PCL.
The umpire is in the act of calling a runner “safe.” Even in a crouch, he still stands 6’5”and his wingspan is 7’6” from fingertip to fingertip. His hands are the size of dinner plate, his waste is 50” around and to support the huge frame, he’s got 21” long shoes.
Fife managed to get an amazing level of detail out of his medium – archival cardboard, drywall screws, glue and acrylic paint. As big as the sculpture is, because it’s made of cardboard, it only weighs 120 pounds.
Fife favors cardboard as his medium. He uses the common and basic material to recreate everyday objects, portraits and in the case of “safe,” a full figure. His sculptures evoke memories of earlier times (especially of the ‘50s when he came of age) and are deeply grounded in Americana and the American West where he was born and raised. Fife is a lifelong baseball fan.
Last week’s Mariners Hall of Fame induction brings to mind the wonderfully lifelike statue of Mariners Hall of Famer and Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Niehaus.
Each game, thousands of fans make their pilgrimage to right field of the Main Concourse at Safeco Field to see Dave’s statue. Chicago artist Lou Cella did a masterful job of capturing the spirit and likeness of Dave. And it’s no wonder—Cella is one of the best at the art of tribute statues. He created realistic images of Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Carlton Fisk, Ernie Banks, Clark Gable and more.
For Dave’s statue, Cella poured over thousands of photos, spent time talking to Dave’s wife Marilyn, his friends and coworkers, he even studied Dave’s wardrobe and scorebook. Cella’s interpretation of Dave includes his favorite necktie (with a pattern of little baseballs), and Dave’s trademark loafers (if the statue was in color instead of bronze, you know they’d be white). He also featured a classic page from Dave’s scorebook—Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series.
Next time you’re at Safeco Field, head out to right field and take a seat beside Dave and feel the spirit of our Hall of Famer surround you.
Safeco Field has been named the second most vegetarian-friendly ballpark in MLB. The new survey, released by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), ranked Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies, #1.
At Safeco Field, the survey highlighted the new offerings by local producer Field Roast including:
- The IchiBan—Field Roast frankfurter topped with teriyaki glazed onions, grated daikon, shredded nori and a “squiggle” of creamy dressing
- Seattle Chili Dog—Field Roast frankfurter topped with vegetarian chili and a “slather” of creamy cream cheese
- The Bombay—Curried garbanzo beans with mango chutney on a grilled Field Roast frankfurter garnished with deep fried curry leaves and a splash of coconut cream.
Rounding out the Top 10 in the survey were Comerica Park (Tigers), O.co Coliseum (Athletics), Dodger Stadium (Dodgers), Citi Field (Mets), Angle Stadium (Angels), Nationals Park (Nationals), PNC Park (Pirates) and Target Field (Twins).