Opening Night festivities start at 4:40pm when the gates of Safeco Field open to the general public with a special countdown at the Home Plate and Left Field Gates. All fans will receive a 2013 Mariners magnetic schedule, courtesy of Safeco Insurance. The pre-game ceremony will start at approximately 6:30pm. www.Mariners.com will stream the pre-game live starting at 6:30pm, and ROOT SPORTS® will air a live one-hour pregame program beginning at 6pm.
Seattle band Pickwick will start the pregame festivities by performing three songs-a cover of Elvis Costello's Pump It Up, an original tune called Window Sill, and John Fogerty's Centerfield. Pickwick's sound is a fusion of blues, soul and R&B vocals that make for an explosive rock show with tight instrumental grooves and singer Galen Disston's powerful, soulful voice.
Here are some of the other highlights of the ceremony:
- The traditional christening of the field with the ceremonial first run around the bases by a Make-A-Wish® child will feature 11-year old Marlee Burkett of Sammamish, Washington. Marlee, who underwent a recent liver transplant, will be the first person to "touch them all" on Opening Night.
- The National Anthem will be performed by the Gospel Outreach Choir, and the flags will be presented by the Lakewood Police Department and Joint Base Lewis McChord Color Guard.
- Former Governor Booth Gardner and former state Senator Sid Snyder will be remembered with a moment of silence. The grandchildren of Snyder, a longtime Mariners season ticketholder, will deliver the game ball to the mound.
- Fireworks during the introduction of the Mariners starting lineup.
Opening Series Highlights
Tickets for Opening Night and all games of the opening homestand are still available, including Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Package Night on Wednesday, April 10, with $15 View Level, $30 Main Level, and $35 Terrace Club tickets. Saturday, April 13, when the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers, is Salute to Armed Forces Night. After the game, 15,000 fans will receive a commemorative coin courtesy of The Boeing Company. Sunday, April 14 is Drawstring Backpack Day. The first 20,000 fans will receive a backpack courtesy of MLB Network. It's also a Senior Special Day. Fans 60 and above will get $5 off select View Level seats, or $10 off select Main Level seats. A full list of 2013 Mariners ticket specials is available at www.mariners.com/specials.
The Supreme Court will be in session at Safeco Field on Thursday, April 11, when Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his first home start of the season against the Texas Rangers. For this special session of the "Supreme Court," the first 25,000 fans will receive a special t-shirt and commemorative K card, courtesy of ROOT SPORTS. Special ticket prices for the game are $10 for all View Level seats and $25 for select Main Level, Terrace Club and Outfield Reserved seats.
Due to continuing construction of the Alaskan Way Deep Bore Tunnel, traffic restrictions and detours are in place in various locations in the SODO area. Consider using parking lots and garages in downtown Seattle that are north of Columbia Street and east of Second Avenue then walk or take transit the rest of the way to the ballpark. LINK light rail is also available from locations as far north as Westlake Station and as far south as SeaTac Airport and Tukwila and arrives east of the ballpark at the Stadium Station. A list of private parking garages in the surrounding area is available on the Mariners website under the heading "Parking Options."
For the most up-to-date information about construction impacts on traffic and parking in the Seattle area, log onto http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/sodo_latest.htm.
All bags will be subject to inspection, including women's purses. Bags must not be larger than 16"x 16" x 8". Bags larger than those dimensions will not be permitted inside Safeco Field. Due to the security measures at the gates, fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early to be in your seats in time for the start of the pre-game festivities at 6:30pm.