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Mariners Ballparks

  Ballparks: 1977 - Present
1977-1999 
kingdome
The Kingdome hosted games from 1977-99.
The Kingdome
Ground Broken: November 2, 1972
Completion Date: March 27, 1976
Cost: $67 million
First Sports Event: April 9, 1976 Seattle Sounders vs. New York Cosmos soccer game
First Baseball Game: April 2, 1977, Seattle University vs. Western Washington University
Height of Dome: 250 ft. to apex; 133 ft., 6 in. to top ring
Diameter of dome: 660 ft.
Ground Coverage: 407,000 sq. ft. (9.1 acres)
Height of Speakers: 132 ft.
Temperature: 68-72 degrees
Playing Surface: Astro Turf-8 (Balsam), 120,000 sq. ft. *Original surface installed in 1976; replaced twice during All-Star break in 1983 & prior to start of 1991 season.
Baseball Seating Capacity: 59,084
Playing Field Distances: LF Line 331 ft.; LC Alley 389 ft.; CF 405 ft.; RC Alley 380 ft.; RF Line 312 ft.
Height of Wall: LF and CF 8 ft; RF 23 ft.
LF & CF Wall: In 1994, the height was reduced from 11 1/2 to 8 1/2 ft.
RF Wall: In 1982, height was doubled from 11 1/2 ft. to 23 ft., equaling the second-highest wall in the Majors (Green Monster 37 ft. & HHH Dome 23 ft.)
1999-Present 
Safeco Field
Ground Broken: March 8, 1997
Grass Installed: May 24, 1999
Inaugural Game: July 15, 1999
Opponent: San Diego Padres
Ceremonial first pitch: Dave Niehaus - Mariners Broadcaster
First Pitch: Jamie Moyer, 7:15pm., called strike
First Safeco Home Run: Russ Davis (July 17, 1999)
First Safeco Grand Slam: Raul Ibanez (July 17, 1999)
Ballpark Square Footage: 1,172,127 Gross Square Ft.
Playing Surface: Grass
Seating Capacity: 47, 116