Extensive spruce-up work for T-Mobile Park announced


T-Mobile Park improvements Image: Seattle Mariners

Restoration work for the T-Mobile Park for 2020 has been announced by the Seattle Mariners. The expense for the same has been pegged at $ 29.8 million. It is part of a 10-year plan on which $280 million will be spent on renovation and improvisation work.

The Seattle Mariners announced $29.8 million in T-Mobile Park upgrades for 2020, part of a 10-year plan to spend $280 million on renovations and upgrades, as part of the new 25-year lease with the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD).

The upgrade work will be done during the off season and incorporate 49 basic infrastructure projects as well as plans to provide a sublime experience to fans on all levels of the ballpark.

“At 20 years of age, T-Mobile Park is still in good condition and a great place to watch baseball. The work we will be doing for next season and the years to come will ensure that it continues to be a first-class experience for fans and is our home for generations to come,” said Kevin Mather, Seattle Mariners President and Chief Executive Officer.

Spruce-up Work — $20.56 million

Forty-nine necessary capital improvements are required for the ballpark to boast highest standards – Ongoing replacement of roof wheels, painting, plumbing, and other basic infrastructure work; replacing the original sound system of the ballpark dating back to 20 years; to give a supreme experience to supporters at the concession stands, the failing point-of-sale system will be replaced; and ADA fan improvements.

Fan Upgrades — $9.24 million

Apart from giving a spiffy look to the ballpark’s infrastructure, the 25-year lease between the Mariners and the PFD requires the Mariners to give their fans an enriching experience which will be sustainable at T-Mobile Park. Fans at all levels of the ballpark will be benefited from the upgrade projects to be completed for the 2020 season.

The 2020 upgrades and improvements will materialize subject to the PDF Board as well as City of Seattle green lighting the same.

2020 Required Fan Upgrade Projects:

The Left Field ticket will be substituted by a new concession area which will connect to The T-Mobile ‘Pen’ and the Left Field Gate will be expanded to add 15 additional access points for visitors; above the left field foul pole on the View Level, a new bar and fan/group entertainment space will be set up at Lookout Landing; the Rooftop Boardwalk above the Home Plate Gate rotunda will be raised making way for enhanced viewing areas, kids play activities, monitors and concessions; a new seating option will be provided to make things easier for small group or social spaces for fans. It will be an alternative to single seats and will be introduced in the First Base Terrace Club with Terrace Club Loge Boxes and Terrace Club Tables.

“In many ways, T-Mobile Park was ahead of today’s trend toward social spaces with The T-Mobile ‘Pen’. We know that fans want to connect with friends and share their ballpark experience. The improvements at Lookout Landing, the Rooftop Boardwalk and Terrace Club will provide fans with even more open areas and flexible spaces to enhance their ballpark experience,” said Frances Traisman, Seattle Mariners Senior Vice-President, Sales.

Flexible Social Spaces

Fans will get to experience panoramic views of T-Mobile Park, the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains after the restoration work of the Lookout Landing are completed. The wide-ranging views can be savored from the rooftop bar which will be created as part of the revamp work.

The atmosphere will be patterned after a casual backyard experience with bench seating and picnic tables. During games, the space will be available for sale to groups and when group events are not held, it will be open for all fans.

The Rooftop Boardwalk above the Home Plate Gate Rotunda on the View Level will be equipped with a raised walkway for better views of Puget Sound, bench seating and tables, outdoor LED video monitors, destination concession stands, a new bar area, and kids’ corner wherein activities will be based on the baseball theme. The space will be available for sale to groups for pregame events and open to all fans at game time.

The Terrace Club project will create a new theory as far as seating arrangement is concerned. In lieu of a number of single seats in the First Base Club will come up 18 Terrace Club Tables that will allow four people each as well as 10 Terrace Club Loge Boxes with padded sofa-style seats that will fit in up to four guests.

Video monitors, charging stations for mobile devices and in-seat wait staff service with the pick of menu options will be part of both the concepts. The Terrace Club Tables will ascribe for 72 seats and the Terrace Club Loge Boxes will boast capacity of 40 seats for a net reduction of Terrace Club capacity of 367 seats.

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