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Experience the Park Safeco Field Fan Guide
Every ballpark has its own charms and quirks, and Safeco Field is no exception. Perhaps the best thing the Seattle stadium has going for it is the freedom it affords fans to explore. Even with the cheapest bleacher ticket, a fan has access to an awesome array of great game-viewing vantage points.
There are hundreds of spots to stand on the main concourse and be close to the action, so if you don’t like your seat just take a walk. Or, join the party on the patio - a place just above centerfield that’s heavily populated by the college crowd. If you prefer to sit, grab a seat in the Bullpen Pub and watch the game from behind the hand-operated scoreboard. Often there’s room to hang out in the upper level of Hit it Here Café above right field. And throughout the stadium you’ll find small landings, many with benches or chairs; some even have tables.
Here are some other sights and traditions at Safeco:
• Safeco Field opens two hours before the first pitch, and it’s definitely worth heading in early. In addition to catching some batting practice, you can check out park highlights. The Mariners Hall of Fame is located beyond the main concourse between sections 131 and 137. There you’ll find displays paying homage to past standout players and the history of baseball in the Northwest. Nearby, the “You Call the Play” booth lets fans take a shot at broadcasting famous moments in Mariners’ history. Leave yourself time to wander and be wowed by the art everywhere, including a spectacular 1,000 bat chandelier hanging just inside the stadium’s southwest entrance. In centerfield, a statue of a child at bat is surrounded by waterspouts that spray every time a Mariner hits a home run.
• Safeco’s retractable roof covers the ballpark, protecting it from rain, but does not enclose it, so don’t forget your jacket on those cool nights. It opens and closes in 10-20 minutes.
• Following “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th-inning stretch, most Mariners fans remain standing, keep singing and start dancing as “Louie Louie” blares over the sound system.
• If you own a Nintendo DS, bring it to the ballpark. After registering it (for free) at a special stand, you can use it to watch replays, track pitches and get live video and audio of the game. You can exchange messages with fellow fans and compete against them in trivia contests. The DS also lets you track other MLB games in progress, check stats and standings. You can use its concession finder tool to track down your favorite ballpark food, or use the DS to order up food and drink for delivery to your seat anywhere in the park.
• In 2007, Mariners bat boy-turned MLB infielder-turned broadcaster Mike Blowers started a tradition where he sent an order of fries to a fan who dropped their food going for a foul ball. Now fans show up at the stadium with signs requesting free fries. “Rally fries” are awarded during each game to the fan with the best poster begging Blowers for them (a clever costume helps your cause).