When did T-Mobile Park Open?
T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field) opened up July 15, 1999 and is home to the Mariners baseball team. Safeco Field comes from the naming rights of Safeco Insurance which was the original name of the park from 1999 to the 2018 season. The new naming rights belong to T-Mobile as of 2019 and is the new name for the next 25 years.
While it will take time for fans to adjust to the new naming rights deal, the ballpark will still operate the same as before. The Mariners ballpark replaced the previous home of the Mariners which was the Kingdome. Here is the guide to everything you need to know about Safeco Field for your next visit.
When Does Safeco Park Gates Open?
Safeco Field gates open two to two and a half hours before the first pitch. The Pen, which is out in center field, opens up 2.5 hours before the first pitch while regular gates open two hours before the game.
Where is T-Mobile Park Located?
The location of T-Mobile Park is in the SoHo district in Seattle, Washington in the Northwest region of the United States. The exact address of the MLB park in King County in Washington State is 1516 First Avenue South. Check out the Mariners parking guide if you plan to drive to the game.
The park is owned and operated by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District. Fans sitting behind home plate and in the upper deck will get an impressive view of the downtown Seattle’s skyline. You will be able to see the Seahawks Stadium (CenturyLink Field) which is home to the NFL team, Seattle Seahawks out in left field. If you are looking for CenturyLink Field Parking, you can visit that link.
What Team Plays at T-Mobile Park?
The Seattle Mariners play baseball at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners are a major league baseball team in the American League West division. Seattle plays in the AL West Division with the LA Angels, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Houston Astros. One interesting fact about the Mariners is that they have never won a World Series as a franchise as of 2019.
What are the Dimensions at T-Mobile Park?
From left field to the right at the baseball park, you will see the sizes go from 331 feet, 378, 401 feet in the center field area, 381 feet in the right center, and 326 feet in right field. This MLB ballpark fits the current mold of new retro stadiums ditching the cookie-cutter approach of previous ballparks. The Kingdome fell into this category as being a multi-purpose facility with identical dimensions all around the field.
What is the Capacity at T-Mobile Park?
The seating capacity at the ballpark holds 47,929 people. When the Mariners are in the playoffs, you can expect additional seating to opening up for standing room only seats.
Seattle Mariners Tickets
Getting baseball game tickets for a Mariners Game will not be difficult. Besides opening day, games against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, or Houston Astros, you won’t find it difficult to get baseball tickets. Seattle had an averages of less than 30,000 fans per game, so the ballpark will have extra tickets floating around. Fans can get tickets to the game using StubHub, Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, and more.
With the Mariners being up in the Pacific Northwest, you won’t find any nearby parks via driving. Your best option is to fly to the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics ballparks. These parks are Oracle Park and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
T-Mobile Field (Safeco Field) is best known for its retractable roof in the King County Council district. Another distinguished feature near the Mariners ballpark is the Art in the Park section. Here you will find art dedicated to baseball with chandeliers made up of baseball bats, quilts depicting every MLB logo, and a section devoted to the Children’s Hospital Wishing Well.
The ballpark has some of the best food in the game by far. While you will find classics like hot dogs, burgers, pizza, soda, beer and more, you will find more exquisite dishes when you venture through the main concourse. One of the most famous sections in the park is The Pen’s location. This street level food area at the Center Field gate serves sushi, stir-fries, pad Thai, seafood, and so much more.
The Mariners Hall of Fame is something all Mariners Fans should check out at the game. In the Hall of Fame, you will encounter bronze plaques for names including Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr, Lou Pinella, Jamie Moyer, and Dave Niehaus. One day you can anticipate seeing Ichiro Suzuki out in this hall of fame as well.