The one thing Safeco Field is miles ahead of Petco Park in, is the food. There are so many different selections. From bacon-wrapped hot dogs, carnitas tacos and a bowl of Thai food or sushi, to a whiskey burger and their famous garlic fries. Going during the week was nice because due to the attendance being south of 20,000, there were hardly any lines.
I chose the bacon-wrapped hot dog with garlic fries and a mountain dew. Almost every ballpark has them and I have had them in numerous ballparks, but Safeco takes the cake. Word of caution: get yourself a drink and maybe a mint, those things are potent!
Another fun part of this ballpark are the interesting vendors. If you sit on the field level within the boundaries of the infield, a special peanut vendor may come your way. This guy is a slender, older man with a goatee. You wouldn’t think it by looking at him, but he can sling bags of hot peanuts with as much accuracy as Russell Wilson. He can be 20+ feet away from you, if you wave your hand acknowledging your desire to eat peanuts he will throw them to you and hit you right in the chest. The dude has game.
Aside from a few people having a couple drinks too many, it is a very family friendly environment. I have been to Dodger Stadium, Turner Field, AT&T Park, Citizens Bank Park, Angel Stadium, Yankee Stadium and of course Petco Park. Safeco Field is one of the more laid-back ambiance in baseball. That doesn’t mean they don’t love their Mariners. These fans are passionate!
I recommend everyone take a trip to the Emerald City and see the Mariners play a home game here at Safeco Field. Even if you’re in a Padres cap, you’ll still be welcomed.
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