It’s baseball season! The perfect time to go see Seattle’s famous baseball team playing at T-Mobile Park and get a taste of Seattle’s spirit. The Seattle Mariners play a big part of the Emerald City cultural landscape. Based on our own experience, here are some of the things you might want to consider before game day. Zero stress and maximum fun guaranteed!
How to get there
Use the link light rail to get to T-Mobile Park from Sea Tac/Airport Station (or any of the stations closest to you! Just head to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and follow the signs for the link light rail and hop on the first light rail to downtown Seattle. The Central Link Light Rail is by far one of the most convenient and effortless ways to get to T-Mobile Park. It is not only convenient, but it is also pretty cheap when compared to the price for parking by the stadium. Plus, you get to experience the pre-game mood as you will probably encounter many other fans heading to the game. From SeaTac. It will take you only about a half hour to get to stadium and then a short walk to T-Mobile Park.
Arrival time: the sooner the better
Allow yourself some time before the game to stop by the Mariner’s gift shop or simply get appetizers at one of the various local bars and restaurants on the streets (Occidental Ave/1ST Ave) adjacent to the Stadium. Whether you’re planning to get a drink or some tasty food, the Pyramid Alehouse is among the local’s favorite place to pre-game. Ideally located just across the street from the stadium on 1st Ave S, its lively and entertaining atmosphere will warm you up for the beginning of the game. Let yourself be seduced by their delicious smoked salmon burger or their savory chorizo dip and don’t forget to taste one of their hand-crafted beers such as the Draught Pale Ale!
Once at the stadium, you’ll find plenty of fan shops as well as all different kinds of drinks and snacks including nachos, peanuts or also more local delicacies like chocolate covered berries. The stadium even has several bars so you can enjoy watching the game from one of their patios. If you arrive a little early at the stadium, you should be able to get close and see the players training on the field before the game. Luckily, we went to a Mariners game on a very nice day and had the Stadium open roof allowing us to see a breathtaking sunset on the Puget Sound. It was totally worth the experience!
After the game, we headed back to the Stadium Light Rail station on 501 S. Royal Brougham Way along with many other Mariners’ fans. You don’t have to worry about avoiding traffic or getting out of the parking lot and on top of this, you get to enjoy a very pretty view of Seattle skyline as you are leaving the city.
The Central Link Light Rail runs every 10-15 minutes until midnight.
For more information about the Light Rail: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail
(Bottom line: use public transportation if driving can be avoided, loads of fun places to check out in and around the stadium.)
Visiting Seattle when the home team is away? Take a T-Mobile Park Field tour to learn more about team and the explore the ballpark.