The Mariners' first round of upgrades to T-Mobile Park cost the team around $29.8M, with construction beginning "immediately after the season with the plan to have them all in place" when the team opens the '20 season, according to Ryan Divish of the SEATTLE TIMES. The 49 "basic and 'necessary' infrastructure improvements" will cost an estimated $20.56M. The Mariners also plan to spend $9.24M on "necessary fan upgrades," such as "addressing the growing desire of fans to have common areas to stand, move around and watch the game at their leisure instead of being confined to their seats." Some of those proposed changes include an expansion of left field gate capacity, a Lookout Landing Bar/Group space, a rooftop boardwalk and terrace club tables and club loge boxes addition. There has been a "bottleneck issue at the left-field gates since MLB security introduced the usage of mandatory metal detectors a few seasons ago." To offset that, the Mariners now will "have 15 gates in left field to enter the stadium," and will "remove the ticket office next the The 'Pen area, adding more concessions and opening the spaces." Fans now will be able to "enter directly into The 'Pen from the street" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/27).
NEW DIGS: FORBES' Maury Brown noted with the new Lookout Landing area, the Mariners are "creating a new bar and fan/group entertainment space that will be situated above the left field foul pole on the View Level." The space will feature "bench seating and picnic tables," and will be "made available for sale to groups during games." The new elevated Rooftop Boardwalk will see "enhanced viewing areas, concessions, monitors and new kids play activities." Once game time starts, it will be "open to all fans." The team is also creating new seating options in the First Base Terrace Club with loge boxes and tables to "provide an alternative to single seats in favor of small group or social spaces for fans." The location will include 18 Terrace Club Tables that seat four people each, as well as 10 Terrace Club Loge Boxes that "come with padded sofa-style seats that fit four guests" (FORBES.com, 9/26).