MLB’s Seattle Mariners have revealed plans to spend nearly $30 million on a revamp of T-Mobile Park in time for the 2020 season.
The projects are part of a 10-year, $280 million commitment to maintain and improve the ballpark.
Around $20m will be spent on infrastructure improvements, including:
- $7 million to replace the ballpark’s original sound system;
- $3.14 million in miscellaneous painting, equipment, concrete and fixture improvements;
- $2 million to refurbish roughly eight axles as part of a roof wheel replacement, which is in phase five;
- $1.6 million to replace the point-of-sale system at concession stands;
- $1 million in roof access safety;
- $600,000 in Americans with Disabilities Act fan improvements.
The remaining $9.24m will be devoted to fan upgrades. They include expansion of the T-Mobile ‘Pen – the standing-room area that stretches from centre to left field and overlooks both bullpens.
More concessions will be added as part of an overhaul to the left-field gate, which will remove a ticket office and add 15 additional entry points to ease congestion.
T-Mobile Park will add a rooftop bar in the highest Northwest point of the 300 level that will fill in Lookout Landing.
The area will be set out in a casual backyard style, with bench seating and picnic tables, while retaining views of downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
The Mariners are hoping to put more distinct use to the home-plate rotunda behind the LED T-Mobile Park sign with the addition of a raised walkway for enhanced views of the Sound from a rooftop boardwalk.
The Terrace Club will create a new seating concept along the first-base line only intended for more of a social experience.
The ballpark will remove select areas of single seats and replace them with 10 sets of four-person padded sofa-style seats. The Terrace Club will also add 18 table-style seating areas that will each fit four. Both concepts will include video monitors, charging stations and in-seat waiting staff.