This Day In Sports History (July 15th) — Safeco Field
It was on this day in 1999 that Safeco Field opened in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners would go on to lose their first ever game at Safeco Field to the San Diego Padres by a score of 3-2.
Safeco Field is home to a very unique retractable roof. Unlike other retractable roofs that cover the entire stadium, such as the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the roof at Safeco acts more like an umbrella for the field and the stands rather than completely enclosing the stadium. With the amount of rain the city of Seattle receives on an annual basis, a retractable roof was a necessity for the new stadium.
In 2007, Ken Griffey Jr. made his return to Safeco Field as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. A new poster was unveiled which read “The House That Griffey Built” to honor the greatest player in franchise history.
Here is a clip of Griffey’s return to Seattle.
Steve Thomas, NHL – Born July 15th 1963 (age 50) in Stockport, England
Miguel Olivo, MLB – Born July 15th 1978 (age 35) in Villa Vasquez, Dominican Republic
Jonathan Cheechoo, NHL – Born July 15th 1980 (age 33) in Moose Factory, Ontario