No. 9: Safeco Field – Seattle, WA

Date: Sunday July 9, 1:10pm
Teams: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
Ticket(s):  Section 329, Row 13, Seat 21 ($17 US)
Miles Driven: 4,118
Average cost per ticket, through 9 games: $10.23

SafeCo was high up on my list… it didn’t disappoint.


We spent 3 days going from Minneapolis to Seattle.  Read about it!

Before the game we got our tourist on… which was pretty fun.  On the advice of multiple friends, we skipped the Space Needle and instead took in the Chihuly exhibit, which was amazing. Worth the (lofty) price of admission.  From there, we walked back down to Pike Place Market, because obviously we did.  It was great.  We saw guys throw fish.  I bought very average fried calamari and we leisurely made our way down to SafeCo.

The Game

We lucked out big time and got to see Felix Hernandez on the mound – a great start to the game. Our seats were in the upper level, but dead center, which are always some of my favorite seats.  And, most importantly, the roof was open.


The Mariners had some funny gags – like a kid stealing second base when it was time to trade them out.  The K Corner for Felix Hernandez is a great feature and adds something to the game-day atmosphere.  We sat back and watched the first six innings before finally getting up and moving around.

When we did move around we made our way to the outfield and checked out that monstrous roof and the train tracks it sits on.  It would have been quite the site to see it in motion, but I’ll take the roof open over that novelty.  As we made our way around the outfield, we checked out the bullpen bar area.  Not too many stadiums (any others?) can boast a bar/standing room area that is separated from the opposing team’s bullpen by just a chain link fence.  Can you imagine that atmosphere in a playoff game?

We finally snuck down into the section right next to the strikeout brigade and took in the last inning from there.  Lucky us, the home team got back on track – improving to 7-2 on the trip.


Up Next

The All-Star break!  I headed out to Olympic National Park to start a 6-day National Park tour.  3 days in Olympic, a day to travel, then a day each in Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic before hitting Oakland on Sunday for the A’s and Indians.


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