Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington. Other nearby landmarks include Qwest Field, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market. The area is home to a plethora of restaurants, hotels, bars, and attractions, so there's always plenty to see and do before and after any game you attend there.
This was my first visit to any sports venue, so I don't have anything to compare it to. However, a few things stood out for me. First, the stadium itself didn't seem quite as large as I expected it to be, but it was clean. Also, there were plenty of restrooms, drinking fountains and food vendors. Next, Safeco Field features a retractable roof to shelter fans and players from inclement weather. On the day of the game we attended, the weather was fair, so the roof remained open for the duration. Some of the rows of seats further back are covered, but seating closer to the field is not. Finally, the field was well maintained, and the scoreboards and monitors were all clearly visible.
Downtown Seattle is pedestrian friendly so, if you are staying at a hotel in the area (or, of course, if you live in the area), I recommend walking. There is much to see, and you'll be able to enjoy the atmosphere more without the distraction of driving. If you are a bit too far away to walk, Metro Transit provides several public transportation options. If you decide to drive, be prepared to pay for parking, and be advised that there will still be some degree of walking involved.
It costs $20 to $40 per car (or $10 to $20 per motorcycle) to park in the Safeco Field Garage. It is just a short walk from the ballpark. There is also parking available in the nearby Qwest Event Center Garage. If you want to try to save a little money on parking, many lots and garages in the area charge by the hour. The fees vary by lot, and the cheapest ones fill up the quickest. Personally, I'd rather walk or rely on public transit and avoid the headache of driving and parking.
I want to note that we saw pedicabs on the way out of the ballpark. They seemed to be in limited supply, but they are for hire if you'd rather not have to walk all the way back to wherever you parked.
My favorite part! With such a wide variety of food vendors at this ballpark, there is something to suit everyone's tastes. You'll find everything from standard ballpark food (hot dogs, french fries, popcorn, pretzels, beer) to just about anything you might have a craving for (tortillas, sandwiches, pizza, seafood, chicken tenders, Asian cuisine). Get your caffeine fix at Grounds Crew Espresso. Buy the kids some cotton candy without even leaving your seat. And if you are a garlic lover, I highly recommend the garlic french fries - they are loaded with minced garlic.
Another helpful hint is if you are not drinking beer, coffee, or soda pop, and you don't want to pay for bottled water, you may bring an empty sports bottle to fill up at any of the many drinking fountains located inside the park.