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“ There wouldn't be any Seattle Mariners without Safeco Field. It has fulfilled all our expectations and projections – exceeded those. It has provided the financial stability we needed. ”

Chuck Armstrong Mariners Team President

Named by the AIA as one of America’s favorite buildings, the design of Safeco Field mixes the nostalgia of baseball’s heyday with the demands for a contemporary and hospitable athletic facility.

The mostly brick facade and curved entry behind home plate refer to stadia such as Ebbett’s Field and Yankee Stadium, while responding to dual contextual forces: Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square district and the nearby Port of Seattle industrial core with its waterfront docks and steel cranes.

The stadium includes 66 luxury suites and six flexible party suites, administrative offices for the Seattle Mariners, a club seating area, restaurants, and clubhouses facing the natural grass field. Fans seated in the stadium’s upper levels enjoy views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The 10-acre, 650-foot span retractable roof is stacked over the adjacent railroad tracks, recalling 19th century steel-trussed train stations and the nearby waterfront cranes.

Awards & Publications


The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award
AIA Washington, Civic Design Honor Award


Sports Business Journal, "Safeco Field Still A Marquee MLB Facility After 10 Years,” July 2009
The Seattle Times, “Safeco Field still a gem after first decade,” July 2009