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About Safeco Field

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March 30, 1994 - King County Executive Gary Locke appoints a 28-member task force to assess the need for, cost, potential location and advisability of public investment in a new Major League Baseball stadium.

January 1995 - Stadium Alternative Task Force recommends public involvement in financing a new MLB stadium.

September 19, 1995 - A proposal to increase the sales tax by .01% in King County to pay for construction of a new ballpark is narrowly defeated by voters.

October 14, 1995 - Special session of the state legislature authorizes a different funding package for a new stadium including a credit against the state sales tax, sale of special stadium license plates, lottery funds, food & beverage tax in King County restaurants and bars and car rental surcharge in King County, and ballpark admissions tax.

October 23, 1995 - King County Council votes to approve funding package and to establish the Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District to own the ballpark and manage the construction project.

January 29, 1996 - Seattle-based NBBJ is chosen by the PFD Board as architect.

April 1996 - Hunt-Kiewit is chosen by the PFD Board as the general contractor for construction of the ballpark.

September 9, 1996 - Ballpark site is selected south of the Kingdome.

March 8, 1997 - 30,000 fans turn out as Ken Griffey Jr. helps officially break ground for the new ballpark.

June 4, 1998 - Naming rights for ballpark sold for $40 million to Seattle-based Safeco Corporation. Ballpark named Safeco Field.

July 15, 1999 - A capacity crowd of 47,000 attends the Inaugural Game against the San Diego Padres. The Padres win 3-2.

Inaugural Game Ticket — This is the ticket to the first game played at Safeco Field on July 15, 1999 against the San Diego Padres. The Padres won 3-2.

By the numbers

600,000 bricks to build the facade
420,000 bolts on the roof and bowl
300,000 volts of electricity for lighting
106,000 square feet of turf
12,500 personalized brick pavers
600 tons of infield clay
535 metal halide lights
200 miles of concrete
150 miles of electrical wiring
40 miles of piping
20-30 miles of grass-heating coils
4 kinds of bluegrass strains
2 kinds of ryegrass strains
Field Dimensions

Left field - 331 feet
Left-Center field - 390 feet
Center field - 405 feet
Right-Center field - 387 feet
Right field - 327 feet

The Basics

Location - First Ave. South &
South Atlantic St. - Seattle, WA
Site - 19.59 Acres
Square Footage - 1,172,127 (Gross)
Seating Capacity - 47,116
Field Surface - Grass

Safeco Field firsts

Groundbreaking: March 8, 1997
Grass Installed: May 24, 1999
Inaugural game: July 15, 1999
Opponent: San Diego Padres

Ceremonial First Pitch: Dave Niehaus
First pitch: Jamie Moyer, 7:15 p.m. Strike
Home Run: Russ Davis - July 17, 1999
Grand Slam: Raul Ibanez - July 17, 1999