New year, new ballpark: Safeco Field now officially T-Mobile Park
After midnight on Jan. 1, 2019, Safeco Field officially became T-Mobile Park, effectively ending Safeco’s 20-year partnership with the Seattle Mariners.
T-Mobile now assumes the naming rights for the home of the Mariners, after signing a 25-year deal running the length of the team’s recently agreed upon lease.
“T-Mobile has a deep commitment to this community, a passion for customer service and a well-earned reputation as a leader in innovation. These are the qualities that make T-Mobile the right partner to name this iconic ballpark,” John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner, said back when the name change was announced in December.
The Mariners released a video on their Twitter account on New Year’s Eve ushering in the new name.
Meanwhile, FanFest at the newly-named T-Mobile Park will happen later than usual this year, slated for March 23 and 24, and coinciding with the Mariners’ return from their opening series in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics.