Home of the Seattle Mariners
Team: Seattle Mariners
Stadium Capacity: 47,116
Safeco Field is just south of downtown Seattle next door to Qwest Field, home of the NFL's Seahawks, and within walking distance of the aquarium and some great brew pubs. The food and drink inside the park is excellent, too, so come hungry. While Safeco has a retractable roof it does not enclose the park, so fans are spared the rain but not the cold. And if you're looking for a real outdoor experience, Safeco has racks for more than 150 bicycles.
Safeco is on the north edge of the Sodo district, so named because it’s south of downtown, and Puget Sound is just a few blocks west of the ballpark. Take some time before the game to wander the waterfront lined with interesting shops and restaurants; the Seattle Aquarium and Olympic Sculpture Park are at the north end of the walk. … Heading back towards the park, make a quick stop in the Pyramid Alehouse across the street to sample one of their beers brewed on site. … Once inside Safeco, don’t stay glued to your seat. Perhaps the best thing about the park is the great array of spots on the concourse from which fans can view the game. So if you don’t like your seat, or even if you do, take a walk. … You can stop by the patio – a spot just above centerfield heavily populated by young drinkers – or the Bullpen Pub and watch the game from behind the hand-operated scoreboard. … Keep in mind that while Safeco’s retractable roof covers the ballpark, protecting it from rain, it does not enclose it, so don’t forget your jacket on those cool nights. … The food at Safeco is excellent and incredibly diverse, with an emphasis on seafood. Ivar’s is an Emerald City icon, so try their renowned clam chowder in a bread bowl or the Ivar Dog, lightly battered fried cod and coleslaw served on a bun. Sushi is also popular, especially the Ichiroll, named for the M’s All-Star outfielder from Japan. … The beer offerings are just as impressive, with a bountiful mix of brews available, many locally brewed including Red Hook Ale. Have one. … Seattle is also a big coffee town, and fans can get espresso and other forms of java at stands throughout the park. … After the game, hit Elysian Fields, a fantastic brew pub just north of Safeco and across from Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks. After a bite and a beer there, the next stop is Occidental Avenue and the tavern F.X. McRory’s, a Seattle institution that’ll be full of M’s fans.
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, (206) 386-4300
Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 1st Ave. S., (206) 682-3377
Elysian Fields, 542 1st Ave S., (206) 382-4498
F.X. McRory’s Steak, Chop and Oyster House, 419 Occidental Ave. S., (206) 623-4800
Wise Guide Tips / Know what the locals know, go where the locals go
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