Head Groundskeeper Bob Christofferson is pretty talented with the spray paint nozzle. He pitched in today to help paint the Opening Night logo onto the field for tomorrow night.
Along with the painting duties, Bob’s got his crew mowing and raking and sweeping to get ready for Game #1 of the 2012 season.
The infield, which was replaced last October, is rooted and healthy.
The grow-lights that Bob and his crew have been using for the last month have helped. Bob’s achieved his goal of having the field in mid-season form for Opening Night.
This season, if you buy peanuts from a vendor in the stands at Safeco Field, you’ll notice something a little different on the bags.
The “Rick” patch that peanut vendors wore on their sleeves last season after Rick “The Peanut Man” Kaminski died, has been turned into a sticker and it will be affixed to every bag of peanuts sold by vendors in the stands.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of each bag will be donated by the Mariners concessions partner, Centerplate, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. That was one of Rick’s favorite charities.
So when you enjoy some fresh roasted peanuts at Safeco Field, you’ll be paying tribute to “The Peanut Man” and helping kids, too.
Today, there was a preview for members of the media of some of the new food offerings at Safeco Field this season.
Once again, the Mariners and Centerplate, our concessions partner, are working with noted Seattle chef, and Mariners fan, Ethan Stowell, on several new food concepts for the ballpark.
New menu items include two new BBQ sandwiches, pulled pork and beef brisket. Both are smoked in-house, both are locally sourced (Carlton Farms and Northwest Grass Fed Beef Company). Stowell serves the sandwiches on fresh-baked rolls with apple jalapeño slaw and whiskey cola BBQ sauce.
Stowell has also developed a new “anti-fast-food” burger and cheese burger with Northwest Grass Fed Beef on a potato bun. There’s also an Uli’s Italian sausage (made with Carlton Farms meat) and an Uli’s cheddar bratwurst, both served on a Pioneer bun.
And, because Seattle and Stowell are known for seafood, there’s a new Oyster Po’ Boy sandwich made with fried Taylor Farms oysters with a spicy remoulade.
The goal of the collaboration with Chef Stowell is to bring the flavors of Seattle into the ballpark. To do that, Stowell has worked with many local producers to source products and ingredients including Taylor Farms, Carlton Farms, Uli’s Sausage, Sageland Riesling, Tillamook Cheese and Franz Bakery.
Some of the other new offerings this season from Centerplate will be sushi from Seattle chef and caterer Hiroshi Egashira, pizza by the slice at seven locations, Uncle Charlie’s cheesesteaks with shaved ribeye steak, and soft serve ice cream at several concession stands around the ballpark.
There’s also a new full-service lounge on the upper deck called the Lookout Landing Bar. It will feature cocktails, beer and wine along with hot snacks such as waffle fries and mini corn dogs.
The IvarDog, a Safeco Field exclusive, has been nominated for The Munchies people’s choice food awards by the food website www.tablespoon.com/themunchies.
The IvarDog, a battered cod filet on a bed of coleslaw on a fresh baked bun, is nominated in the Favorite Stadium Eats category. The competition includes the Crazy Crabz Dungeness crab sandwich at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Shack-Cago dog from Shake Shack at Citi Field in New York, Sweet Victory peach cobbler at the Georgia Dome and Tony Luke’s cheesesteak sandwich at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Fans can vote for the IvarDog, or other favorite ballpark food treat, at http://www.tablespoon.com/themunchies.
Solar panels are being installed at Safeco Field — 168 Panasonic SANYO HIT® Double solar panels to be exact. They’re being mounted on the roof of the skybridge that connects Safeco Field with the parking garage. The work should be completed next week.
The project is part of the Seattle Mariners ongoing commitment to sustainability that includes electric vehicle charging stations, high-efficiency lighting and other conservation and eco-friendly measures. At least eight other Major League Baseball stadiums have some type of solar installations.
The 32.76-kilowatt system will generate approximately 40,000-kilowatt hours of power annually which will go into the Safeco Field distribution grid.
Panasonic, through its recent acquisition of SANYO, a long-time Mariners corporate partner, has placed large screen TV monitors around the ballpark so fans can track the amount of power generated by the solar panels.
The panels are known as “bifacial” because they have photovoltaic cells on both sides. This allows them to capture reflected as well as direct sunlight, which can result in up to 30% higher power generation per square foot.
HIT stands for “heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer,” and the solar cells used are a hybrid with a unique structure made of a thin mono-crystalline silicon wafer surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. HIT solar modules are known for having one of the world’s highest conversion efficiencies and excellent temperature characteristics, allowing HIT modules to generate more power throughout the year, even in cloudy, rainy Seattle.