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4- Safeco Field
One of the nicest ballparks in the country, hands down, end of story. There isn’t a bad seat in the house (and I’ve sat in various spots).
The retractable roof allows for beautiful blue sky Seattle summer days and also allows – when the roof is closed – for an open-air experience, with the added benefit of staying dry, when the rain comes as it often does in Seattle.
I personally liked the Kingdome. My first MLB game was a Mariners game in the Dome. I saw Cecil Fielder hit a home run in the Dome, I witnessed Cal Ripken‘s 1,111th and 1,274th games of his 2,632 consecutive game streak. I watched Randy Johnson pitch a one-hitter, days before he was traded to the Astros.
But nothing can beat watching a Mariners game in the Safe, smelling the sea air, listening to the trains go by.
I can’t wait to go up there this Spring.