Safeco Field, the current home of the Seattle Mariners, is considered by many to be one of the nicest parks in the MLB. In designing the park, architects aimed to create a fresh, new look without sacrificing the ambiance of older parks. The result is a beautiful combination of tradition and innovation.
The older aspects of the park include the asymmetrical outfield, the real grass and the brick facade. The most obvious contemporary feature is the 22 million pound retractable roof that enables play to continue in all conditions, but the glass fixtures and HD video board are also notable.
Unique to Safeco are the extraordinary views of Seattle's skyline and the Puget Sound, the 1000-bat chandelier, and the art-lined walkways, just to name a few things. It's also often said that there's not a single bad seat in the park.
I've introduced the park itself, but here's a look at five traditions that have developed at Safeco over the past 12 years.