Seattle, Washington

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 STAYHotels Near Safeco Field (All below are within 3 miles)

Unlimited budget

Silver Cloud Inn (across the street from Safeco) 

The Inn at the Market

Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel

Hotel 1000

Moderate budget

The Inn at Virginia Mason

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. 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. But nothing intrigues us more than the beer-float. You read that correctly. Ice-cream mixed with a stout beerWe also love the Kidd Valley burgers along with their world famous garlic fries, and a local 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. Dynamite Chicken, a local Seattle restaurant, offers  fried chicken sandwiches, hot wings, tater tots topped with cheese and all the fixins. We also enjoy Jack's BBQ for their hush puppies and frito pie.  Before leaving the Pacific Northwest, why not try some fish. We love the Sound Seafood lobster rolls with a side of fried oysters and "sidewinders". 

*New Food at Safeco Field in 2018*  

Din Tai Fung - pork wontons, mushrooms and vermicelli noodles, wonton soup, and steamed traditional bao buns filled with pork along with vegetarian options.

Sultan of Sandwich Cubano

On Deck Doughnuts - house-made mini donuts and jumbo donut bites with your choice of toppings.

Jack's BBQ - beef brisket sandwiches, pulled pork, burnt ends, hush puppies, and even jalapeño-cheddar sausages.

Dynamite Chicken spicy chicken sandwich 

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. For the best ticket deals, 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

WHEN TO GO?

It is hit or miss in Seattle, Washington. However, Safeco Field has a retractable roof so there are no rain-outs 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 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 Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a must-see for anyone who has an appreciation for music, film, television and pop culture. 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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