Baseball / Basketball, Seattle
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.
Basketball Supersonics, Football Seahawks, Soccer Seattle Sounders and Hockey Thunderbirds.
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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.
If you're in the mood for a major league baseball game when you're in Seattle, Safeco Field is the place to go to see the Mariners on their home turf. The season runs April through October. And with 162 games a season, it's easy to catch one when you're in town, unless they're on a road trip. This new ballpark, opened in 1999, gives fans the best of both worlds, an outdoor experience when the weather permits, and a retractable roof that covers the stadium in less than 20 minutes when the Seattle rains prevail. During the off season stadium tours are available for a mere $7, allowing fans access to the visitors locker room, the press room, the owner's box and even onto the field and home team dugout.
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.
Mariners! Major League Baseball! See my description on my Seattle intro page. I just wanted to add a photo of me with my favorite player, Edgar!
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