Baseball / Basketball, Seattle
I visited Seattle in June 2003 and The Mariners started out having a very good season and tickets were hard to come by and the price of a scalped ticket was WAY too high so I opted to tour Safeco Field instead.
The tour was okay and the stadium was beautiful but a definate "tourist trap."
The photo I have posted is of a piece of artwork in the main enterence of Safco Field called 1000 Bats. All of the bats are made out of chrystal and it represent the perfect batting average.
One of the things that I recommend when going to any major US city is to check and see if the local major league baseball team is playing. It is a great way to enjoy an evening, watch people from the local area, and enjoy a taste of the area. In Seattle, I enjoyed a Mariners game, and had a great time. You can get in for as little as $7 dollars, and with some dinner and drinks, you can enjoy the game for 20 dollars!
Equipment: Bring your glove for those foul balls!
I watched the Seattle Thunderbirds many times, and they are pretty good. Most of the team members represented the U.S in the Beijing Olympics. When you are in town and they are playing, buy some tickets and watch them play! I am sure you will have some fun! And, also watch the Seattlelites scream like crazy! They are the loudest spectators in the whole United States!
I finally made it to a Mariners game at Safeco field this summer. Safeco field is one of those new ballparks that is built like the old ball parks. If you sit on the 1st base side, you could also enjoy this lovely view of the sunset.
Watching baseball on TV can sometimes put you to the edge of your seat, so why not head off to Seattle mariners to watch it live and have fun while you relax. there are varieties of little food booth inside Safeco field that you can enjoy while watching the game.
for more informations about ticket prices please go to seattle mariners website
Equipment: Camera only.. Video cameras are not allowed inside.
Seattle is home to three major sporting teams. They've got the Seattle Mariners (baseball in Safeco Field), the Seattle Seahaws (football in Seahawks Stadium), and the Seattle Supersonics (basketball in Key Arena). Safeco field and Seahawks stadium are almost nextdoor, and the Key Arena is a long ways from downtown, but is somewhat connected to the Space Needle and Science Center Complex. You can see a giant red key on it's roof if you can't seem to find it down there.
You definately have to check out a Seattle Supersonics basketball game while you are in Seattle. I was fortunate enough to be in town when the Sonics played the New Orleans Hornets, and even though I am a devoted Orlando Magic Fan since their creation, I was rooting for the Sonics. You can pre-order your tickets and pick them up at the game, or have them shipped to you. Go to ticketmaster.com for this. You can also just show up to the ticket window and buy tickets like I did. Doing this may put you in the nosebleed section though, oh well. I paid 14 dollars for a ticket in the highest row, right in the corner. There wasn't anyone around me, so I had six seats to m self. The seats, though high, had no obstructions and were great for watching the game.
I hated the Kingdome (artificial turf, too small, old & noisy) and don't miss it at all.
Seattle blew up the Kingdome
Kingdome implosion pix and Videos
and they have built 2 state-of-the-art stadiums practically right next to each other in lower downtown / Pioneer square and waterfront area.
Both are classy and nice looking.
With Seattle traffic though, I am curious what it is like in mid September on days when the both the Seahawks and the Mariners have home games.
Does this happen? If it does can anybody get in or out of downtown?
Equipment: Safeco Field on the right in foto
Qwest Field on the left in foto
Everyone who knows me knows that I am a baseball freak. I can't get enough of it. I watch those "historical" games on ESPN during the winter. I even go to the park and watch the little league kids play. One of the things I like to do when I travel is to see baseball games, and the Seattle Mariners did not disappoint.
Well, they lost, but that isn't always the point in baseball. Sometimes it's just the experience that matters. The Mariners' Safeco Field is one of the nicest baseball stadiums I have ever been to. It's modern and there really isn't a bad seat in the house. The exits are large, decreasing the time it takes for large crowds to enter and exit from games. You can even see the field from all the concession stands. Pretty excellent.
Safeco Field also has a retractable roof, which mean no rain outs. Ticket prices there are also pretty reasonable, unlike those at some MLB stadiums.
The favorite player on the Mariners is Ichiro Suzuki, a former baseball star in Japan. He's a great player, one of the game's fastest runners. The greatest thing about Ichiro though is that he attracts thousands of Japanese tourists to the Mariners games. These guys are great to watch because they buy every single Mariners merchandise item with Ichiro's name on it and wear all of it at the same time while taking pictures of him constantly with a 18-inch zoom lenses. I loved it.
Go to a Mariners game if you have the chance!
SafeCo Field was the 9th MLB stadium I went to see a game in. Had a really good time at this one. It was a great game with Ted Lilly pitching a 1 hitter, although he managed to lose the game.
Pregame during the warm ups and BP, I also saw one of the funniest things ever at a baseball game. Mike Cameron took a ball he caught in right center and instead of flipping it up to the fans who were close by and getting most of the balls he threw it up into the second deck so they could get one. Nice gesture right? Well it turns out he hit some guy eating soup in the restaurant with his back to the field with it. That'll teach him to be nice to fans.
If you can, I'd definately recommend catching a Baseball game whilst in town.
Even though I had no idea about Baseball to begin with, it doesnt take long to catch on, and the atmosphere is amazing.
The walk into the entry in itself was so much fun, with all the street vendors going nuts trying to get you to buy their water/hotdogs/popcorn etc. There are many stalls trying to sell the mariners merchandise. There are buskers, everyones excited...oh god, it was sooo much fun!
We sat in the grandstand munching on hotdogs and drinking beer, and getting right into it. It was such a blast, and I think for any visitor, a must do!
Equipment: You should try and smuggle in some water (whoops)...its quite extortionate in the stalls, along with everything else.
If your not in the undercover grand stand, take some sunscreen.
Watching the Seattle Mariners playing baseball.
Equipment: If your sitting on the 100 level make sure to bring a baseball glove....you might get a baseball.
If you sitting on the 200-300 levels, bring some binoculars...that baseball looks like a like white dot.
If you have not been to a baseball game go to one when in the USA. What was so go when we went was that the seattle mariners won.
The stadium is well place to get to, you can go right to the top and get great views across to the olympic mountains.
Equipment: your wallet to get some souvenirs.
Checked out the hated New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Though not a fan of either team, the stadium itself is reason to visit. Great sight lines, no bathroom lines and great food. The garlic fires, found behind home plate, are well worth the search. They are the best fries I've ever eaten.
Homebase for the Mariners is one of the finest baseball stadiums in America: Safeco Field (The Safe to locals).
I think it's a luxurious place. Every concourse has an unobstructed view of the field. So you can go get your sushi and beer (yes sushi!) and never miss a play. TV monitors are everywhere as well.
I like to sit in the field or club seats. TIcket prices range from $15 - $55 dollars. The food is generally OK to good. There is certainly a wide variety to choose from, but you may have to do some walking to find something other than a hamburger.
Parking in the area is plentiful but expensive: $10 - $20 withing a few blocks. Public transportaion is much less expensive, but VERY crowded after the game.
From Safeco field, the view of downtown is terrific, especially from the upper deck. Some people like to hang around after the game and watch as they close the giant retractable roof. It takes 15 - 30 minutes depending on the direction of the wind. It's a good way to let the garages and parking lots start to clear before you head out.
If your hometown team is playing against the Mariners, no one will care if you cheer and applaud for your team. However, if you boo or yell insults and obscenities at the Mariners, you will probably get at least a few icey stares - maybe worse. Drunk and obnoxious fans will be ejected without a refund.
Equipment: Summer evenings in Seattle can get chilly. Be sure to dress in layers. Bring a light sweater or sweat shirt for late in the game, especially if you sit on the upper deck.
If you sit in the field seats or outfield bleachers, bring a glove - you never know what may come your way.