Seattle Mariners fans will be walking into a new-look Safeco Field Monday night, and will surely be in awe at the newly completed 11,000-square-foot Jumbotron in center field.
Slightly less in your face are the new dimensions of Safeco (via Nick Eaton of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer). The distances of both the left-field and right-field foul lines will be the same (331 and 326 feet, respectively), but the fences were moved in from left center to right center, and as far as 17 feet in the left-center power alley. The longest distance from home plate will move from 409 to 405 feet.
The assumed end results of these changes are an increase in run production to help an offense on a three-year slump, for one. Another plus will be more long balls, captivating fans and decreasing the frequency of low-scoring games.
But these changes will benefit opposing teams as well, so with that in mind let us take a look at how these new dimensions will help and hurt the Mariners.