Seattle’s Safeco Field Rates As One Of Baseball’s 10 Best
Where did Safeco Field in Seattle -- home of the Mariners -- rate?
Coming in dead last at No. 30 was Tropicana Field, home to Tampa Bay's Rays. Longtime Seattle fans can relate to the detached feeling of playing baseball in a domed stadium as the Mariners occupied the Kingdome for their first 22 seasons. The artificial turf, dirt cutouts and drab interior made it feel more like a mausoleum than a place where the National Pastime should be played.
Coming in at No. 1 is San Francisco's A T & T Park. Having been there twice myself, I must concur. While it is hard to beat the nostalgia and history of such great old parks like Chicago's Wrigley Field and Fenway Park in Boston, AT&T has the most scenic setting with the Bay Bridge just over the left field wall and a naval shipyard just past "McCovey's Cove" in right field.
Safeco, meanwhile, gets high marks and comes in at No. 9 overall with Lauren Paul describing the Northwest's gem of a park as follows:
"This is one of the only baseball stadiums to master the “dome”: It’s just a partial covering of the seats when it rains, so you still feel outdoors. Also, baseball season is the best weather in Seattle, and the stadium keeps up with the classy culinary rep of the city at large."
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