[get out] mariners games at safeco field

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I love going to baseball games, though I have no great love for the sport itself. I just like going to the ballpark on warm summer nights, drinking beer in the beer garden, eating hot dogs and peanuts, imagining the day that a fly or a home run ball will just land in my outstretched hand (and not break my fingers) and pretending that this could happen to me.

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I also just really like Safeco Field. I haven’t visited a lot of stadiums to compare it to, but we’ve got a retractable roof and some pretty great views and, as far as I can tell, there’s not a bad seat in the house. If for some reason you find yourself in one, simply leave it and sneak down to a better one or hit up the beer garden like I always do.

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2013’s opening day game was held in Oakland, so Safeco opened its doors for a free viewing party and invited all the die-hard baseball fans down to watch the game on the new giant screen (it’s awesome), drink $5 beers (regularly over-priced at $8.50+) and to try out the new “Edgar’s Cantina” restaurant which is serving up tortas, chicharrones and tacos – a nice departure from your standard ballpark fare and those god-awful garlic fries.

I happened to be in Pioneer Square on opening day and decided to take advantage of the other fun feature of the evening: the chance to walk around the perimeter of the field and sit in the dugout. They also gave everyone new King Felix posters and t-shirts, which we watched a group of guys handle with EXTREME care and declare that they were going to frame them … whereas we had simply folded and stuffed them in our bags. Whoops!

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The entire structure of the evening was kind of brilliant and they should definitely host things like this on the regular – it was just as much fun as if an actual game had been out on the field! Okay, just kidding – but that new screen is pretty major.

You can see it for yourself Monday, April 8, when the M’s are back in town for their home opener – featuring local favorite band Pickwick!

How to make a day of it: Get off work and head to Sluggers, our favorite pre- and post-M’s game bar for drinks. Pick up a hot dog (with cream cheese! Always with cream cheese!) from Al’s Gourmet Sausages. Head to the ballpark, sit in your seats for approximately 5 minutes and then come find me in the beer garden. Go M’s!

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