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.
To celebrate the current seven-game winning streak, we are reducing ticket prices on all Main, Club and View Level seats by $7 for tonight’s game against the Cleveland Indians, as the Mariners go for eight in a row. Game time is 7:10 pm at Safeco Field.
These tickets can be purchased online at mariners.com, using the special promo code STREAK.
Fans can take advantage of the $7 off for Tuesday’s game by going to the Safeco Field Box Office or any Mariners Team Store (no promo code needed).
Hope to see you tonight on the Corner of Edgar & Dave as Erasmo Ramirez faces off against Indians right-hander Zach McAllister.
This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at two of Felix Hernandez’s gems, including the remarkable Supreme Court Night, Felix’s first home start after the perfect game.
Felix was in King’s Court form at Yankee Stadium on August 4 for his third shutout of the season, a 1-0, two-hit win over the Yankees. It was Felix’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium and it pushed his career ERA there to 1.13, the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts there.
And of course, we all know that two starts later, Felix threw a perfect game at Safeco Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Felix’s next scheduled start at Safeco was to be just as memorable.
A sea of 39,000 yellow Supreme Court T-shirts greeted the King when he took the mound on August 21 against the Cleveland Indians. And although he wasn’t perfect, Felix was still dominant with only one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. A four-run 7th inning helped the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Indians, the Mariners 7th straight victory.
Mariners Mondays looks back at both these great pitching performances tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
This pretty much sums up how we feel about King Felix!
As of this morning at 8 a.m., tickets for the 2013 Cactus League schedule at Peoria Stadium are on sale.
Here is a picture of the line formed at the Peoria Stadium Ticket Office taken by Mariners front office staff member Craig Geffrey. Hard to believe, but the Mariners first Cactus League game is in 48 days when the Mariners take on the Padres on Friday, February 22.
Click on the below graphic for more information on 2013 Seattle Mariners Spring Training Tickets.
It’s an annual rite of fall. The Mariners season ticketholder relocation.
For most, it’s a chance to get a little closer to the action. For some, it’s a chance to opt for a different plan.
Linda Del Monte of Seattle, who’s had a 16-game plan with a friend for about 10 years, was looking to get closer to the field. She and her ticket partner started off in Section 116. They made a couple of moves over the years, mostly lateral, and ended up in Section 117, Row 28, seats 15-16. This year, after scoping out all the options, they moved eight rows closer to the field, same section, same seats, this time Row 20.
Robin Wimpsett, also of Seattle, is going into his 21st year as a Mariners season ticketholder. At the Kingdome, he was on the first base side “so I could look into the Mariners dugout.” At Safeco Field, he moved over to the third base side for the same reason, ending up in Section 144, Row 15, Seats 1-2.
Each year, Wimpsett checks to see whether he can move closer to home plate and closer to the field. But one thing he doesn’t want to give up is his location on the aisle. After surveying the color coded seats, paying close attention to the ones with hot pink signs (16 Game plans), Wimpsett decided that if he moved in, he’d be moving up to a higher row, so he concluded “Looks like I’m staying.”
Steve Posalski, who shares seats with his wife Eileen, has also moved around over the years, looking to get closer. They ended up in Section 114, Row 10, Seats 8-9. He says they’re “easily the best seats we’ve ever had.” They’re close to the field, down the first base line, and even though his “magic glove” has prevented him from ever catching a foul ball, the area still sees plenty of action.
This year, Posalski’s goal was to switch from the 16-Game Plan Option E to Option A. According to Posalski, “We pick the plan with the fewest Boston and Yankees games.” The question was whether their great location would be available when they switched from E to A?
Standing at his seats, scanning the hot pink sign, Posalski was delighted to see that they were available for the new plan. “I’m a happy guy,” he said.
Once current season ticketholders have had a chance to relocate, new account holders will be able to choose their spots. If you’d like to find out about Mariners 2013 season tickets, call 206-346-4001, or follow this link.
Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Player of the Week for August 13-19.
Hernandez tossed the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history on Aug. 15 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, retiring all 27 batters faced. He struck out 12, and recorded the first Perfect Game in Seattle franchise history, the fourth no-hitter. The 1-0 win was also his third 1-0 victory of the season, setting a Mariners team record.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Hernandez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
This is Felix’s first career weekly honor. He is the second Mariner to garner the award this season, joining Justin Smoak for the week ending June 3. Felix is the first Mariners pitcher to be named Player of the Week since Joel Pineiro on May 7, 2006.
To celebrate perfection, the Mariners are turning Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” on Tuesday, as Felix Hernandez takes the mound for his first start since the Perfect Game. The usual “King’s Court” section in left field is expanding to the “Supreme Court” for this game, as the first 34,000 (in honor of Felix’s uniform number, 34) fans entering the ballpark will receive a special “King of Perfection” t-shirt and commemorative “K” card with a photo from the perfect game on the back side.
It is always best to get your tickets ahead of time to avoid possible lines on the night of game. Fans are eager to congratulate Hernandez so a good crowd is expected.
Tickets for all Mariners games are available in advance without no service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office, and at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th and Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available online at www.mariners.com/tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).
For now, we’ll let the photos tell the story of the amazing perfect game performance by Felix Hernandez this afternoon at Safeco Field. Fans can watch a full rebroadcast of tonight’s game at 7:30 pm on ROOT Sports and via radio on 710 ESPN Seattle at 6:10 pm.
Game Information: Tampa Bay Rays (63-53) vs. Seattle Mariners (54-64) | 12:40 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.52) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live pitch-by-pitch box score
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