Safeco Field Construction Update
By Ronda Bowen
Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Safeco Field has been seriously revamping the Seattle Mariners stadium. The outfield wall is being moved in and closer to home plate. The park is getting a giant HD video screen; and Edgar’s restaurant is moving into the left field area complete with a cantina and a terrace. Giant piles of dirt abound in the Mariners’ home stadium as work is underway to get the stadium ready for the 2013 season.
The new HDTV is well underway. It is set to be the largest such screen in Major League Baseball. The board will measure a total of 11,425 square feet (That’s like 10 standard size suburban houses or large apartments stacked together in a rectangle). It is just about 57′ high and just over 201′ wide. That, my friends, is a HUGE honkin’ TV/scoreboard.
Edgar’s is well-underway, and it will be going under where the old manual scoreboard used to be. 384 seats have been removed to make room for this outdoor south-of-the border inspired restaurant. There will be a lounge area as well and a dining room where guests can sit and enjoy themselves during the game.
The outfield walls are being moved in between 4′ and 17′ between the right and left fields, including center field. Now if someone hits a run into left field, guests seated in Edgar’s may have a good shot at grabbing the ball – if they get to the park early enough!
It will be great to see the completed results of all this construction in the new season.