Safeco Field

Safeco Field
Home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle, WA
Date Opened: July 15, 1999- San Diego Padres 3, Seattle Mariners 2
Capacity: 47,878
Games Attended: August 30, 2011 Los Angeles Angels 13, Mariners 6

Location & Accessibility (0-5): 5
A beautiful setting near downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound. An easy walk from public transportation as a train station runs right behind the stadium. Century Link Field, home of the Seahawks and former location of the Kingdome, is right next door. The 1st base side of the ballpark offers amazing views of the Seattle skyscrapers.

Historic Value (0-5): 2
Hosted the American League playoffs in each 2000 and 2001 but the team failed to make the World Series either year losing both times to the New York Yankees. Also hosted the 2001 All-Star Game, where Cal Ripken Jr. hit his final All-Star home run. Ichiro broke the single season hit record on Oct. 1, 2004 with his 258th hit of the season.

Originality (0-5): 4
Not the first stadium to have a retractable roof but unique in the way that the roof serves as an umbrella. This gives the park an open air feel all the time while calming the worries of wet games in rainy Seattle.

Fans (0-5): 2
In a down year and a blowout of a game there was still close to 16,000 at the game. It would be nice to see the atmosphere when the team was still competitive.

Fun Factor (0-5): 3
The grounds grew did a little break dance after the 3rd inning which was quite entertaining. The bullpens were also in a great location for fans to see pitchers warm up their arms.

Concessions & Restaurants (0-5): 4
I wish I would have had a little bigger appetite that night because there are plenty of great choices at Safeco Field, from Thai food to crepes to sushi where there is an "Ichiroll." The also have a completely gluten free concession stand.

My own Subjectivity (0-5): 3
Of course this is great place to watch a ball game! I would like to attend a game to when the team was still in contention to get a true feel for the place. I definitely recommend going early and having a beer across the street at the Pyramid and then heading in the ballpark and seeing all the views it has to offer.

Total Score (0-35)= 23