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Billy Joel Kingdome Memory

Tickets for Billy Joel’s May 20th concert at Safeco Field went on sale today at 10 am at

Although this will be The Piano Man’s first time playing Safeco Field, he does have a connection to the Mariners dating back to the Kingdome Days.

Billy was scheduled to play a concert at the Tacoma Dome on April 15, 1990. With the Mariners scheduled to play a day game that day against the Oakland A’s, the timing was perfect for a very special ceremonial first pitch.

Wearing a white button-down shirt and tie, kind of his uniform for the 90’s, Joel sized up the situation, put down two-fingers for the curveball, and sent a pitch “just a bit outside” to then-Mariners catcher Dave Valle.

That evening, a group of Mariners employees attended the concert, which was part of Joel’s Storm Front tour, courtesy of the artist.

Joel’s concert at Safeco Field will be the third major concert the ballpark has hosted since 2013. Joel is on a 23-date tour, including nine dates at Madison Square Garden, as well as stops at Petco Park in San Diego, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, PNC Park, and Citizens Bank Park.

This Day in Mariners History – The Kingdome Finale

The Mariners won the Kingdome finale June 27, 1999 vs. the Rangers.

On this day in Mariners history 13 years ago (June 27, 1999) the Mariners played their final game in the Kingdome against the Texas. The Mariners beat the Rangers 5-2, with Ken Griffey Jr. (who else, right?) hitting a 3-run home run in the first inning for what proved to be the only runs the Mariners would need.

The Mariners went 852-903 in 1,755 games at the Kingdome, before moving a few blocks south into Safeco Field.

– JE