June series with Florida Marlins moved to Safeco Field

The Mariners picked up three more home games on Thursday in an unusual move by Major League Baseball as the three-game series June 24-26 at Florida will now be played instead at Safeco Field.

A conflict at the Marlins’ home park forced MLB to find an alternate site and the best solution was moving the games to Seattle, Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack said.

The Mariners thus will have 84 regular-season games at Safeco Field, though Florida will be the home team and bat in the bottom of the ninth inning in the shifted series. National League rules will be in play as well, meaning no designated hitter.

Adamack said the games will not be part of the Mariners’ season ticket package, but would be sold on a single-game basis with first priority for season ticket holders who want to purchase their same seats.

The Friday and Saturday games (June 24-25) will start at 7:10 p.m., with the Sunday finale at 1:10 p.m.

The Mariners originally were scheduled to travel from Washington, D.C., to Florida on a six-game road swing, but now instead will return home and have the Marlins’ series kick off a nine-game Safeco homestand that will also include interleague series against Atlanta and San Diego.

According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins, the conflict involves a U2 concert at Sun Life Stadium. Florida is playing its final season at Sun Life before moving to its own retractable-roof facility in 2012.

You can read Frisaro’s complete story on the situation in Florida here.

5 Comments

Well, at the least the game will be played under much more comfortable conditions. The heat and humidity will be much lower.

Will they have to re-label the stadium and bring in their own PA announcers and stuff? How does this work?

Will the tickets be sold at the same time as the other M’s tickets, or at the Marlins’ pace, and will the M’s wear road or home uniforms?

The game will be played with all the normal Safeco Field staff, announcers, etc. But the Marlins will be considered the home team, bat in the bottom innings and play by National League rules (no DH).

-Greg

Msfan89, the Mariners will wear road uniforms and be the road team in all aspects other than playing at Safeco Field. As for tickets, all that will be handled by the Mariners. Though again, those games will not be part of the season-ticket package, but will instead be sold on a single-game basis.
-Greg

This will actually be great for M’s fans because they finally get the opportunity to see the M’s hit during BP.
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

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