Our trip to Seattle Part 5 : Seattle Mariners Baseball Game
The trip was lined up for the given date because the Toronto Blue Jays were in town to play the Seattle Mariners. I had been to the ballpark, Safeco Field, several years ago.
Years ago, in the early 1980’s, we had toured the relatively new KINGDOME, built in the 1970s….where both the Mariners and the Seahawks played. It was hard to believe they would tear down a building approx. 30 years old.
However, the modern trend was to build stadiums specific to the sport. To replace the Kingdome, they built separate facilities for the NFL Seahawks as well, and is located right next door to to Safeco Field.
Safeco Field is really a marvel, an architectural gem…one could simply attend to admire the design and the engineering. It has a retractable roof ….a series of shells which roll into place to keep out the weather…luckily it stayed open as it didn’t rain that night.
We were up in the nosebleeds, ie 20 rows below the very top…but there is no such thing as a bad seat in the house.
A baseball stadium is more intimate given its more square design, as opposed to football’s oval design.
One thing I like about baseball games live is it is laid back more relaxing pace. When the weather is good…sit back and enjoy. The entire evening out is an “experience”.
One of the Blue Jays players is 3rd base Brett Lawrie from Langley BC. He did not have a good game…struck out (it appears he cannot handle l-o-w outside pitches) and a fielding error
My spouse went to buy beer (draft) in a plastic cup….and told me it cost almost $10…..I said WHAT ???
There is a huge selection of food vendors….various chains….but I advise a person to scout each out. For approx. the same price, the quantities can vary ie some offer better deals than others. If you are on a budget, I would sugggest one eat OUTSIDE the stadium, where it is cheaper.
As we walked to the game(parked about 3 blocks away for $10..closer parking was approx. $20) ….we walked past this alley where all sorts of mobile food vendors were set up selling a variety of foods .
The game itself was quite good…..The Jays hit a Home Run with their first batter. However than ended up to be their last run. I though the Seattle pitcher could have been had early, but he got better as the game went on. There was a lot of hitting by both teams and some excellent plays, but one could see that it wasn’t going to be the Jay’s nite as they lost 4-1 .
Regardless , an enjoyable evening and highly recommended experience.