County, in an agreement with the Washington State Legislature, created the PFD
to site, build, and oversee the operations of a new Major League Baseball Stadium that became
Safeco Field. The PFD oversees
stewardship of the ballpark and represents the citizens' interests in changes
affecting the ballpark and its surrounding neighborhood. Under a lease with the PFD, the Mariners'
organization is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for all
events, providing maintenance and making capital improvements. The PFD regularly commissions expert studies
(audits, engineering, maintenance, etc.) to ensure the ballpark is operated and
maintained in a first class manner.
The PFD Board of Directors consists of seven members. The King County Executive appoints four
members who are confirmed by the Metropolitan King County Council. The Governor appoints three members. Of those appointed by the Governor, one is
nominated by the Speaker of the House and one is nominated by the Senate
Majority Leader. Board members serve as
volunteers for four-year terms.