Safeco Field is a community gathering place
providing an array of public benefits, in addition to being a venue for the
than 2,000 full-time and part-time workers are employed at Safeco Field -- people who work for the Mariners, special event organizers, concessionaires, cleaning
contractor and suppliers. Many game day workers are teachers, students and retirees. Although the work is part time, pay for most jobs is above minimum wage and turnover is very low.
The Mariners work hard to ensure that the face of the community is reflected by Mariners employees, especially those that work as Seating Hosts, Gate Hosts and elevator operators. The demographic make-up of the game staff mirrors that of the greater Puget Sound area population.
The PFD paid more than $32 million in sales taxes on the construction of the Safeco Field facility. Millions more dollars have been
paid in taxes by contractors and vendors, as well as payroll taxes paid directly by the Mariners. Fans also generate taxes as they shop, dine and stay in Seattle before
and after games.
an agreement unique in Major League Baseball, the Mariners agreed to share 10 percent
of annual profits with the PFD once the $200 million in losses incurred between
1995 and 1999 are eliminated. The cumulative net loss has been reduced to less than $51 million as of October 31, 2013.
of thousands of fans visit Seattle to attend Mariners games or other events at
Safeco Field. The ballpark has consistently ranked in the Top 25 Tourist Destinations in Washington State as ranked by the Puget Sound Business Journal. These tourists spend millions of
dollars annually patronizing hotels, car rental agencies restaurants, museums,
retail stores and other businesses. Seattle metropolitan area residents also take in tourist activities,
shop and dine in connection with attending games. The
Mariner fan base encompasses one of the largest geographic territories in Major
League Baseball -- Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and parts of British
Columbia. Surveys show the majority of
baseball fans come from outside King County. Because
many Mariners games are carried live in Japan each season, Seattle has become a
popular destination for Japanese tourists.
Safeco Field has one of the most
comprehensive public art programs in sports. The works of eight Northwest artists adorn the ballpark. The Public Facilities District Board approved a budget of $1.31
million for public art in Safeco Field and its garage, 0.5% of hard construction
costs. Following an extensive public process and review, artists were selected by the
Board and created the works described here.
Safeco Field opened, more than 35 million people have attended an event at the
ballpark. Safeco Field is a major
community gathering place for non-baseball events -- birthday parties, weddings,
anniversaries, reunions, graduations, fundraisers, high school championships,
NCAA football and Gold Cup Soccer. There is
an average of 400 non-Mariner events each year at Safeco Field. The first major concert at Safeco Field was Sir Paul McCartney's "Out There" tour, which brought a sold out crowd of 45,689 to the ballpark on July 19, 2013. Learn more about holding an event at Safeco Field.
Women's Gold Cup (2003)
US National Soccer (2002)
3A &4A State Baseball championship (annual since 2006)
Bowl NCAA Football game (2001)
Requiem worldwide choral commemoration of 9/11 (2002)
Hutch Award Luncheon and Fundraiser
Microsoft employee meeting
500,000 people have taken part in tours of Safeco Field. Learn more.