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.
I'm a little biased, but I have been to a lot of other major league ballparks. Safeco Field is one of the most beautiful ballparks. Whenever I bring visitors from out of town, they all concur. The view of the water, downtown in the background and family friendly atmosphere can't be beat. You can bring in your own food if you'd like. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. Once inside the park you have a wide variety of food to choose from-sushi, bbq, Chinese, hoagies, burgers, etc. Tickets are as low as $7.00 in the center field bleachers. Truthfully, the 300 level is fine.
I went to Seattle to watch basketball. The Seattle Supersonics had an ordinary year not making the playoffs in 2006-2007. As a result they decided to start rebuilding.
Incidentally there are new owners of the team who now want to move the franchise from Seattle. All because Seattle residents won't pay for a new stadium. Fair enough considering how much it'd cost. The current one does seem good. And it is downtown. Convenient to the public and tourists I say.
Anyway I went to 2 games. Tickets were available from scalpers. I paid $30-40 dollars for a lower level mid court seat. I probably could have held out longer for lower but who cares over $5. The stadium wasn't even full for the Lebron James game versus Cleveland. Hence its a great option if you want to see a top flight player play against Seattle.
Watch for special events in the calendar. They had retro night when I watched Milwaukee. 80s style shirts were on special for just $10 each.
Safeco Park is one of the newer ballparks and it's a great park to visit. When we went to a Mariners game the weather was very nice but sadly the Mariners lost. I'm a Mariners fan (except when they play the Giants) and I hope they have a better season in 2011. Anyway, it was a fun time, and we got a free baseball as we were leaving the park.
Basketball Supersonics, Football Seahawks, Soccer Seattle Sounders and Hockey Thunderbirds.
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Safeco Field is yet another one of those stadiums that should be on your baseball "must see" list.
Safeco Field offers a number of exciting areas for fans. The Bullpen Market, located behind left field, features interactive games and activities for fans, as well as the Fan Walk personalized bricks, local food vendors, an open pit barbecue, and one of the best views of the game from behind the centerfield fence. Lookout Landing, at the end of the left field line on the Upper Deck, provides incredible views both inside and outside the ballpark. The Outside Corner Picnic Patio, directly above the Home Plate Gate entrance, is a gathering spot that provides fans with breathtaking views over Puget Sound, as well as tables and benches for picnic lunches.
Before the game, be sure to hang out at the Seattle Alehouse, located directly across the street from the stadium. This brewery gets so crowded before games, security has to monitor the number of people going in and out of the bar. But don't worry, on game days, the parking lot is turned into a beer garden, so there's plenty of room for everyone! Grab a cold one and enjoy a beer with the masses!