01/23/2013 8:59 PM ET
Mariners to host pair of fireworks nights
By Greg Johns / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- For the first time since Safeco Field opened in 1999, the Mariners will have postgame fireworks displays following two home games this season, the club announced Wednesday.
The Mariners will team with Pyro Spectaculars, the company that produces the New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle show, to provide postgame shows following two Friday night games – June 28 against the Cubs and Aug. 9 against the Brewers.
The club has been limited in its fireworks offerings in the past due to the City of Seattle’s worry about traffic safety on nearby Interstate 5, but Mariners marketing director Kevin Martinez and officials from Pyro Spectaculars met with fire department officials last summer to develop a show that is compliant with the city's concerns.
“Fireworks have a long tradition in Major League Baseball and we’re excited to bring that to Safeco Field,” said Martinez. “Hopefully it becomes a new summer tradition here in Seattle.”
The two fireworks nights were part of the special events schedule released by the team, which also includes Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, a Felix Hernandez “Perfect Game” bobblehead night on May 25, a Dustin Ackley “gnome” giveaway on July 13, bat night on April 27 and the introduction of a combination “beard-hat” night on April 26.
The full schedule of events can be seen at mariners.com/promotions.