- 1250 1st Ave S
- general information: 206-346-4241
- ticket information: 206-622-4487
- adult/child $9/7
- 1hr tours 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm on nongame days Apr-Oct
Lonely Planet review for Safeco Field
The Mariners’ $517 million ballpark, Safeco Field, opened in July 1999. The stadium, with its retractable roof, 47,000 seats and real grass, was funded in part by taxpayers and tourists; more than half the money came from taxes on food sold in King County restaurants and bars, and from taxes on rental cars. Money also came from profits on scratch-lottery tickets. The Mariners coughed up most of the difference. The stadium’s unique design means it commands fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, downtown and Puget Sound. There’s no 2:30pm tour on game days and no tours if the game is before 6pm.