In my previous blog, I wrote about the homestay program I coordinate every year for Bunka Women University students. I mentioned that one of the most popular activities is a trip to Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Although most BWU students are not avid fans of baseball, all of them seem to thoroughly enjoy a day at the ballpark.
Without a doubt, the main attraction is player Number 51, Ichiro, who is now in his ninth year with the Mariners. Fans holding up “Ichiro” signs in both English and Japanese, and shouting loud cheers of encouragement can be spotted throughout the stadium. When he comes up to bat, his pre-swing pose is recognizable even from far up in the stands. If you are lucky, you may see him succeed in yet another record-breaking hit!
If you get tired of watching the game, there are other ways to enjoy Safeco Field. You might want to check out one of the food stands or kiosks located inside the stadium. There are over 80 food concessions offering traditional ballpark fare such as hot dogs, french fries, pretzels and nachos. Garlic Fries and Ivar’s Clam Chowder are two popular Safeco menu items. If you want to try something healthier, you can head over to the sushi and sake stand near the bullpen for an Ichiroll.
For those over 21, the Bullpen Pub offers a variety of brews and a chance to get autographs from their favorite players.
For the shopper, the Mariners Team Store will have something for everyone. The store stocks a variety of apparel including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys and caps for men, women and children. You can also pick up souvenir items such as miniature bats, baseballs, key chains and other types of Mariners merchandise.
If you wish to escape the noise and crowds, head for the outdoor seating area on the 300 level. Here you will be able to enjoy a bit of peaceful solitude while taking in panoramic views of downtown Seattle. This is also a prime spot for taking photos of two Seattle landmarks, Space Needle and Mount Rainier.
Enjoy your time at Safeco Field!
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