Summer officially begins tonight when the Mariners take the field vs. the Oakland A's. We hope to see you at the ballpark for all the fun and excitement, including red carpet introductions and Ken Griffey Jr.'s ceremonial first pitch. All gates will be opening early at 4:40 p.m.
As we kick off the season, we are pleased to share with you some of the new things you'll find at Safeco Field this season.
Gooey grilled Beecher's Cheese with Hempler's bacon, mounds of shaved prime rib beef and slices of hand-rolled porchetta on a fresh baked ciabatta roll, and an expanded selection of popular canned beer and Northwest craft brews are highlights of the menu at Safeco Field during the 2016 Seattle Mariners season.
Centerplate and noted Seattle restaurateur and Safeco Field consulting chef Ethan Stowell have created a variety of new ballpark food based on fresh and local ingredients. This inspired collaboration, now in its sixth year, has won Safeco Field a reputation for serving locally-inspired restaurant-quality food in a ballpark setting.
Tucked behind the centerfield wall of Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, a new urban garden will supply fresh-picked greens, herbs and vegetables for the ballpark menu. The project is a partnership of the Mariners, BASF and Cedar Grove Compost. The raised bed garden, located at the base of the Batter's Eye behind the outfield wall in centerfield, was planted and will be tended by Seattle Urban Farm Company, which creates sustainable urban landscapes that focus on intensive plantings and organic soil management to ensure high yields of crops season after season. Centerplate, the Mariners concessions partner at Safeco Field, will incorporate the fresh produce into menu items for the Hit It Here Café and the Private Suites throughout the baseball season.
A new Kids Corner play area on the View Level (directly above the Home Plate Gate entrance) features a variety of activities for young fans:
The Mariner Moose stops by the Kids Corner for visits, and there is access to food and beverages and plenty of TV monitors so parents can follow the game while keeping an eye on their children.
The Kids Korner is one of a series of new and existing kids-related initiatives in our Junior Mariners program - all designed to engage kids across the Northwest with the game of baseball.
Other iniatives include:
FREE Mariners Kids Club
New in 2016, the Mariners offer a FREE Kids Club membership for all kids 14 and under. For more information, or to sign up visit mariners.com/kids today. All Kids Club Members who visit Safeco Field for the first time, should visit a Kids Club Kiosk (Section 190 and 329) to pick up their official Kids Club photo I.D. badge, Junior Mariners Wiffle Ball and drawstring backpack.
Walk along the Third Base side of the Club Level and you'll notice our new display - A Stitch in Time - providing fans with a walking tour of the Mariners' jerseys from the club's initial 1970s design to the new 2016 navy blue alternate jersey. Included in the display is a sampling of home, road and alternate jerseys through the years. We hope you enjoy this close-up view of the evolution of the team's colors and logos.
The Mariners first home jersey design was highlighted by a trident forming the "M" on the front. In 1979, the Mariners hosted the All-Star Game in the Kingdome and added a sleeve patch featuring the trident on top of a star.
The Mariners first road jersey design featured powder blue instead of gray. "Seattle" was displayed across the chest of the jersey and in 1978 it was trimmed in gold, a departure from the original 1977 design which had "Seattle" trimmed in white.
This home jersey featured an updated trident design with the addition of blue and gold stripes to the sleeves. The jersey remained a pullover while the word "Mariners" across the chest now included an extra blue outline.
In 1985, the Mariners made a departure from powder blue road jerseys and moved to a more traditional gray road uniform. The word "Mariners" was now across of the chest of road jersey instead of the word "Seattle."
In 1986, the Mariners redesigned their home and road uniforms. The design for both uniforms was the same with the only difference being the home uniforms were white and the road uniforms were gray. It was the first time the Mariners wore a button-front jersey.
In 1993, the Mariners changed their team colors and introduced a new design for their home jersey and a new logo. The "Nautical Compass Rose" was at the center of the Mariners logo. The new colors consisted of navy blue, silver and northwest green.
In 1994, the Mariners introduced a northwest green alternate jersey. In 1995, the jersey was modified as the white outline around the word "Mariners" was removed. The northwest green jerseys returned to the field in 2011.
For the first time in club history, the Mariners wore a vest as an alternate jersey in 1997. The vest was always worn with a navy blue undershirt. The sleeveless jersey stayed in vogue for four years including the inaugural season at Safeco Field.
In 2001, the Mariners made a small change to the front of their road jersey. The compass rose was added to the "S" in the word "Seattle" matching the club's cap logo.
2001 - 2002
A new alternate jersey was introduced in 2001. The navy blue jersey featured the word "Mariners" across the chest and featured silver piping.
2003 - 2012
Another change was made to navy blue alternate jersey in 2003. This time, a darker navy blue was used and the player's number was added to the front of the jersey.
In 2015, the Mariners made the first change to their home jersey since 1993. The order of the colors was changed on the word "Mariners" across the front of the jersey. The refreshed design included navy blue letters, trimmed in silver and outlined in northwest green.
Like the home jersey, the road jersey was updated in 2015. Again, the change focused on the order of the colors on the word "Seattle" across the front of the jersey. The new color scheme included navy blue letters, trimmed in silver and outlined in northwest green.
The past met the present in 2015 when the Mariners introduced a new alternate jersey that would be worn during Sunday home games. The jersey featured the Mariners colors of the 1970s & 1980s and combined them with the team's current logo.
While the design remained the same for this alternate jersey, a slight change was made to the shade of navy blue. This alternate jersey is worn when the Mariners are on the road.
New Beverage Options
Terrace Club Members and guests can bring cocktails ordered in the Club out into their seats now that the restriction on bringing spirits into the outside seating area has been lifted for the Terrace Club.
Just in time for our sunny weather, new slushy cocktails made with flavored Deep Eddy vodka, handcrafted, small batch spirits distilled in Austin, Texas will be available at the first base and third base bars. Deep Eddy's product line includes four flavored vodkas made with real fruit juice including grapefruit, lemon, peach and cranberry.
A new Game Room has been created in the lobby of the Group Suites. Located above the Hit It Here Café in right field, the new Game Room features a Mariners-branded pool table, foosball and shuffleboard games as well as big screen HD TV monitor to keep track of game action. The Game Room is open to all Suite Level guests during all Mariners games. Remember, as a Season Ticket Holder, you enjoy 15% off select Private and Group Suite purchases throughout the season!
Diamond Club Members and guests will notice a number of new changes this year, including the addition of a new entrance (The Media Entry), renovated interior to improve flow of buffet service and increase interior seating capacity. Amenities include all-inclusive upscale food and beverage menu, members-only climate controlled club dining, priority parking and access to exclusive events.