Sea-Tac International Airport (SEA)
13.5 miles/20 minute drive to Safeco Field
Take the Link light rail directly from Sea-Tac Airport to Safeco Field. This 30-minute ride is a great option if not renting a car while in Seattle.
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels Near Safeco Field (All below are within 3 miles)
Silver Cloud Inn (across the street from Safeco)
Hampton Inn & Suites- Seattle Airport (12 miles from Safeco Field)
Hilton Bellevue - 6 miles from Safeco Field
Comfort Suites Airport - 12 miles from Safeco Field
Chaser budget traveler- Unfortunately, you will need to leave downtown Seattle to find quality lodging under $100 per night. Even under $200 per night is difficult to find in downtown Seattle. Ballpark Chasers does not currently recommend any downtown hotels/motels in the chaser budget category.
WHERE TO PARK?
Street, metered, paid lots and garage parking are available. Depending on the day of week and the Mariners record, parking can range from $5 to $40. Parking Panda offers gameday parking reservations for Safeco Field. Avoid driving around for the best parking facility - compare on your smartphone and reserve Mariners parking today.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: Find the intersection between 1st Ave. S. and Holgate Street. Look for the alley to the West as it offers blocks of free parking. Come early as these fill up quickly!
WHERE TO EAT?
Located across the street from Safeco Field, the Pyramid Alehouse is the place to be before a Mariners game. Whether you want to stay for a sit down meal inside their fabulous brew house or just grab a drink in the beer garden, the Pyramid is a Ballpark Chaser favorite. Don't leave without trying the Pyramid burger and Haywire Hefeweizen. For those staying in the nearby Silver Cloud Hotel, check out their restaurant, Jimmy's on First (across the street from the Left Field gate). If you are looking for a quicker option, find the alley between Occidental and Royal Brougham Way. Dozens of vendors are found selling everything from polish sausage to kettle corn and is much more affordable option than eating inside the ballpark.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Pyramid Alehouse
Once inside the ballpark, the food selection gets even better. Safeco Field is a Ballpark Chaser favorite when it comes to concessions. Dungeness crab sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, flatbread pizza, and Edgar's fish tacos. But nothing intrigues us more than the beer-float. You read that correctly. Ice-cream mixed with a stout beer! We also love the Kidd Valley burgers, world famous garlic fries, and a Red Hook beer.
If you prefer a sit-down option, check out Safeco Field's best kept secret, the Flying Turtle Cantina. Enjoy tradition Mexican sports bar cuisine while viewing the bullpen and watching the manually operated scoreboard in action. Just make sure to come early as seats with a view go fast.
The social section of Safeco Field is called the Bullpen Market, which includes their always popular beer garden. Now called the "The Pen", this area beyond the left field fence offers a cocktail lounge with fire-pit and a plethora of new concession stands. Our favorite is the Hamburg + Frites: a six-and-a-half-ounce, Northwest Grass-Fed beef patty topped with cheddar cheese. The frites are served with a tasty garlic dipping sauce. We also enjoy the Swingin' Wings with a side of tater tots and deep-fried cheese curds. Before leaving the Pacific Northwest, why not try some fish. We love the Dungeness Crab Rolls with a side of fried oysters and "sidewinders".
New to Safeco Field in 2016:
Rotisserie-style hot wings — At all five High Cheese Pizza & Wings locations in the stadium, find wings prepared rotisserie-style and served with bleu cheese dressing and Frank's Red Hot Sauce on the side. Flavors include Original Cayenne Pepper, Slammin' Sriracha Chili, Chile n' Lime, and Kickin' BBQ.
Liege waffles — made from a rich Brioche yeasted dough studded with pearls of sugar topped with powdered sugar or dipped in dark or white chocolate.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Same day tickets at the box office usually not a problem when attending a Mariners game. With that being said, the Mariners have high expectations this season so look for tickets to be more in demand if they are competing. Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your tickets through TicketMonster.com.
Ballpark Chasers tip: Scalpers are readily available outside of Safeco Field. Don't fall for their first offer. Always walk away and you can save yourself another $5 per ticket. If they ask you to make an offer, always start $10 under face value
WHERE TO SIT?
Did you know that Safeco Field is home to the largest video screen in Major League Baseball? Find the seats with the best view of the videoboard (and the field) with the Safeco Field Seating Guide.
WHEN TO GO?
It is hit or miss in Seattle, Washington. However, Safeco Field has a retractable roof so there are no rainouts to spoil your trip. The best months to travel to Seattle are July, August and September. Bring a light rain jacket and enjoy a nice cup of coffee to go along with the summer drizzle.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Pike Place Market is a short cab ride away from Safeco Field. This is a great place to come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Fun local vendors, great people watching and of course the famous flying fishes make for an entertaining stop before the game.
Just 2.5 miles from Safeco Field, the Space Needle is a token Seattle landmark to visit year round. Adults can expect to pay $19 ($12 for children under 13) for a ride up to the viewing deck. We recommend staying for a meal to enjoy more of the Seattle skyline. The SkyCity restaurant serves lunch and dinner throughout the week and brunch and dinner on the weekends. Lunch plates start at $25 and dinner plates start at $34. A short walk from the Space Needle is one of the country's most unique looking buildings. The Experience Music Project (EMP) is a must-see for anyone who has an appreciation for music. The EMP is an interactive museum that does a fabulous job representing all types of music, including the rich history of Seattle's music scene. Another great half-day trip is to the Museum of Flight, home of one of the largest collections of air and spacecraft. Only a 10 minute drive from Safeco Field, the Museum of Flight is a perfect way to spend an afternoon before taking in an evening Mariners game. The museum includes the "Red Barn" (Boeing's original manufacturing facility), an old Air Force One 707, a Concorde jetliner, the fastest plane in the world and numerous interactive activities for all ages.
Our final recommendation is Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Located about 1 mile from Safeco Field, this guided tour of Seattle's underground is one of the most unique tours in North America. Make sure to bring cash for your ticket as well as a few extra dollars to tip your guide, as they make the tour lighthearted and very entertaining.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Unfortunately, Safeco Field is the lone Major League Baseball stadium in the Northwest. Therefore, make this trip a quick 3-day weekend getaway and see a couple of Mariner games. If you go with a rental car, the Tacoma Rainers and Everett Aquasox are a short drive away for some good Minor League baseball. The Rainers play at newly renovated Cheney Stadium; a 40 minute drive South of Seattle. The Aquasox play at Everett Memorial Stadium; a 30 minute drive North of Seattle.
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