My family and I got a rare opportunity to take a "behind-the-scenes" tour of Seattle's own Safeco Field. We gathered in the gift shop, and walked out on the upper level:
Lining up prior to entry
Visitor's Batting Cage
Inside the Visitor's Locker Room
They allowed us to pose in front of one of the lockers. I was pretty excited about it. Rose - not so much:
Dana soon had her smiling though
Well - kinda
Dana sitting at the Visitor's table
From there - we went to the Visitor's dugout:
Okay - couldn't resist it. Selfie time!
Heading back inside
One last shot
From there - we gathered at a room where they hold press conferences:
Homeschooling press conference
We headed to the outer deck and a gorgeous view of Seattle:
Then we headed to some of the 300 level seats:
From there we went to the 200 level to visit the corporate suites:
All of the suites are named after Hall Of Fame players. The first suite we entered was the Lefty Grove suite:
Lefty's jersey on the wall
From there we went to the press box. Interesting note - they open the windows during games - and it's right behind home plate. Foul balls can - and do - go in here all the time:
They framed where the ball hit the wall
Some of the promotional materials throughout the years:
Finished our tour at the entrance to Safeco Field. This is the Chandelier of Bats:
The compass rose down below. It includes northwest items in its matrix.
And that was our tour. Our guide was really good about telling us Safeco Field trivia. Sadly - I don't remember a lot of it - except that they keep the grass at 57 degrees. There's an entire plumbing and heating system underneath the natural grass field. This insures that it keeps growing year round - even during the winter.
If you ever get a chance - I highly recommend this tour. It was a once in a lifetime trip for me - I've been to Mariners games ever since they started at the Kingdome, and I'd get free tickets if I were on the Honor Roll at school. I'm really glad I had a chance to share these memories with Dana and Rose.