Safeco Field

Seattle, WA

Architecture - 8

Your classic new-wave Camden-esque building. Great brick facades on the outside with green girders and an exposed infastructure. The one-piece roof is unique in the sense that even when it is closed it does not fully enclose the ballpark, just provides a refuge from the elements. The roof sits on huge beams that roll it back and forth as necessary. When not in use it provides cover to the parking area behind the ballpark and the passing trains. Still the ballpark seems a little closed when the roof is off.

Location/Surrounding Area - 8

Safeco is located south of downtown Seattle (hence Sodo Mojo). There is a fair amount of permanent structures in the area and on game days there are a lot of vendors lining the streets. QWest Field, home of the Seahawks, is located directly across the street.

Food - 10

They absolutely knocked one out of the park here. Probably should have been an 11 or 12. Just about every type of food you can imagine is represented in the ballpark. Garlic Fries, BBQ, Pizza, Sushi, and other delicacies join the regualr ballpark fare to satisfy any visitor. A little pricey, but great selection.

Fan Support/Knowledge - 7

Almost a sellout for the nationally televised interleague matchup against Barry Bonds and the Giants. Good crowd support during the game, but the fans really came alive to boo Barry. We have to think that if we were here on normal weekday night there wouldn't be half the crowd (current attendance numbers support this) so we averaged it down.

Atmosphere - 7.5

A good place to see a game.

In-Game Entertainment - 7

The Moose mascot is fun and they do a good job of involving the players in the between inning promos.

Scoreboard - 6.5

Nice graphics, good stats on the matrix board, good personal tidbits about the home players during each at bat, but nothing spectacular. It was nice to get some more detailed info on the out of town games and they updated the World Cup results.

Parking/Transportation - 8

We didn't have to pay, which was nice. Sharing parking facilites with the football stadium is helpful and there are many lots surrounding the ballpark in the industrial area. The park is also accessible by train from all over the northwest and a shuttle from downtown is run on gamedays.

Seating - 8

Upper deck is pretty nice. Many standing room areas around the ballpark. The beer garden in Center Field lets your be right on top of the field. Prices were about average. Amazing view from the upper deck down the first baseline of the space needle and the Seattle skyline.

X-Factor/Bonus - 9

Big crowd and a great pitching performance from Gil Meche made it a good place to catch a game.

TOTAL - 79/100

  • Architecture 8

  • Location/Surrounding Area 8

  • Food 10

  • Fan Support/Knowledge 7

  • Atmosphere 7.5

  • In-Game Entertainment 7

  • Scoreboard 6.5

  • Parking/Transportation 8

  • Seating 8

  • X-Factor/Bonus 9