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About Safeco Field
The Scoreboards Safeco's $7.7 million system consists of 12 scoreboards. The matrix board on the main scoreboard, which is 56 feet high and 190 feet wide, displays the lineups, linescore and player statistics. Sideline boards, right, located against the second deck down each foul line, show the game's score, inning, batter's stats, out-of-town scores, the time, scoring summaries, type of pitch and each pitch's speed in mph. Out-of-town scoreboards in left-center field will show scores from other games. The board is tied into a national computer and will be updated automatically.
Safeco's 69 second-level luxury boxes range from 446 square feet to 666 square feet and feature an inside dining room and 16-18 outside seats. They range from $75,000 to $145,000 a year. Suites at $1,300, $1,850 and $2,200 are available by the game.
THE SEATTLE TIMES
Safeco Field's "front door," the home-plate entrance, is at the southwest corner of the stadium, at South Atlantic Street and First Avenue South. The rotunda features a grand staircase - flanked by two escalators and a bat chandelier of about 1,500 molded polypropylene resin baseball bats. At the top of the staircase is the 27-foot-in-diameter terrazzo compass rose. Individual circle tiles for the rose beared the names of each Mariner player on the roster for the inaugural game and include the players' signatures. The Mariner-like compass rose and the bat chandelier were made by a group of local artists.
THE SEATTLE TIMES
The ballpark's one-of-a-kind retractable roof is designed to cover but not enclose the ballpark, thus preserving an open-air environment. The structure covers nearly 9 acres, weighs 22 million pounds, and contains enough steel to build a skyscraper 55 stories tall. The three movable panels glide on 128 steel wheels powered by 96 ten horsepower electric motors. A push of a button closes or opens the roof in an average of 10-20 minutes (depending on wind and other weather conditions). The roof is self-grounded (in the event of lightning strikes) and is designed to withstand 6-7 ft. of snow and sustained winds of up to 70 mph.
Safeco Field's playing surface is a custom designed state-of-the-art field. It features a specially designed drainage system and a custom blend of four kinds of Kentucky bluegrass and two kinds of perennial ryegrass to provide the optimal playing surface for the athletes, the retractable roof, and the Northwest climate. The drainage system includes layers of drainage pipe, pea gravel, sand, and grass. A spider web of one-inch plastic hose circulates hot water under the grass to bring it out of dormancy in time for Opening Day, and also compensate for shade and low levels of direct sunlight.