The Mariners announced the first round of upgrades to T-Mobile Park last Thursday. The upgrades are part of their 25-year lease renewal with the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) where the Mariners have committed “at least $280 million to maintain, improve and upgrade the ballpark” over the next 10 years.
In total, the initial round of improvements will cost nearly $30 million and are set to begin immediately given the plan to have everything ready for the Mariners’ 2020 home opener on March 26.
The updates will include 49 basic infrastructure projects in addition to other plans to “enhance the fan experience.” The $20.56 million worth of infrastructure improvements include:
- Replacement of roof wheels
- Replacement of the ballpark’s original sound system, now 20-years old
- Replacement of failing point-of-sale system to improve concessions
- American Disabilities Act (ADA) fan improvements
- Miscellaneous painting, equipment, plumbing and fixtures
The $9.24 million worth of fan upgrades at the ballpark include:
- Expanding the Left Field Gate capacity—adding 15 additional points of entry and replacing the Left Field ticket office with a new concession area
- Create a new bar and fan/group entertainment space at Lookout Landing
- Create a Rooftop Boardwalk above the Home Plate Gate
- New seating option in the First Base Terrace Club with Terrace Club Loge Boxes and Terrace Club Tables
The 2020 improvements are subject to final approval by the PFD Board and City of Seattle permitting.