The Seattle Public Facilities District leases Safeco Field to the Seattle Mariners which manage operations and maintenance for all events in the facility.

Public Benefits

Safeco Field is a community gathering place providing an array of public benefits, in addition to being a venue for the Seattle Mariners.

Jobs

More 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.

Taxes  

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.  

Profit sharing  

Under 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. 

Tourism

Hundreds 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.

Art  

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.

Public use

Since 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.

Notable past events

  • FC Women's Gold Cup (2003)
  • Men's US National Soccer (2002)
  • WIAA 3A &4A State Baseball championship (annual since 2006)
  • Seattle Bowl NCAA Football game (2001)
  • Rolling Requiem worldwide choral commemoration of 9/11 (2002)
  • Annual Mariners FanFest
  • Annual Hutch Award Luncheon and Fundraiser
  • Annual Microsoft employee meeting

Tours  

Nearly 500,000 people have taken part in tours of Safeco Field.  Learn more.


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