The House that Junior built opened its doors in July of 1999, a rare midseason debut. The Mariners 1995 playoff run saved the team from moving to warmer climes. Safeco’s retractable roof acts as an umbrella leaving the north and west sides of the park open. This allows fans to hear the Portland-Seattle Railroad roll by during the game. Safeco also offers an extensive baseball-themed art collection throughout, the highlight of which is the glass chandelier made of one thousand bats that welcomes fans entering through the home plate gate.
August 27, 2007: Seattle, Washington
After 5+ years of the Ballpark Tour, Mike and I were prepared for our final trip. Although the Washington Nationals were set to open Nationals Park in 2008, traveling to Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area would be our final “big” trip. I was excited to start in Seattle; family and friends had nothing but positive things to say about the city known for Starbucks, Microsoft, grunge rock and gray skies. After spending two days in Seattle, I can say that it’s one of the finest cities I’ve visited throughout the Ballpark Tour. [Read more…]