Advice to Mariners, Hawks fans this weekend: Don’t drive!

Oct 13, 2022, 3:13 PM | Updated: Oct 14, 2022, 3:12 pm
T-Mobile Park Traffic...
Traffic is going to be a mess if you're planning to drive to the Mariners and Seahawks games in SODO this weekend. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
(Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

It’s shaping up to be a busy sports weekend in Seattle, especially if the M’s force Game 4 against the Houston Astros.

And however you plan to get to YOUR game, KIRO Newsradio highly suggests….. YOU DON’T DRIVE! For one, parking is extremely limited in the SODO district and the cost of parking is at a premium.

As it stands, there are three big games planned for Saturday in Seattle — Mariners, UW Football and Kraken.

Al Sanders, Public Information Officer for King County Metro, suggests riding Metro or rail routes. He sent us this guide on how to get around. Thanks, Sanders!

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros T-Mobile Park: Saturday at 1:07 p.m.

  • Metro has a number of bus and rail routes that will bring you walking and rolling distance from T-Mobile Park. Consult Metro’s Trip Planner for your best route to the game.
  • Remember that our bus routes connect your neighborhood to the growing number of Link light rail stops and onto Stadium Station. Just check Trip Planner.
  • For fans coming to the game from West Seattle, the West Seattle Water Taxi will be temporarily out of service for maintenance this weekend (Oct. 15-16), but bus route 120 and RapidRide C Line can connect riders from West Seattle, White Center, and Burien to a stop at Alaskan Way South at South Jackson Street. That’s a short distance from T-Mobile Park (and Lumen Field).
  • If you are coming from the south, Sounder trains will run this weekend. You can park & ride easily at the Tacoma Dome or in Puyallup.
  • Sounder Express buses will also run from Tacoma, Bellevue, Redmond and up north and take you to the stadiums.

Washington Huskies vs. Arizona Wildcats at Husky Stadium: Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

  • Consult Metro’s Trip Planner to find your best route.
  • Fans can ride Metro shuttles from four Eastside park-and-ride lots, Sound Transit Link light rail, Metro buses that connect with Link, and regular Metro bus service that travels near the stadium.

Seattle Kraken vs Las Vegas Golden Knights at Climate Pledge Arena: Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The Kraken’s home opener is Saturday! And they are providing free transit via the Kraken + Climate Pledge Arena app as part of both season ticket packages and single-game tickets. The passes can be used throughout your entire journey—across buses, light rail, the Seattle Center Monorail and other transit.

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Be sure to consult Trip Planner and remember that Link light rail riders can make an easy transfer to the Seattle Monorail at Westlake Station. Your ORCA card is also good on the Monorail!

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park: Sunday at 12:07 p.m. (If necessary)  

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals at Lumen Field: Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (Time would change to 2:30 p.m. if there is a Seattle-Houston Game 4)

  • The same tips we offered for Saturday work for Sunday
    • Remember that Metro bus routes connect your neighborhood to the growing number of Link light rail stops and onto Stadium Station. Just check Trip Planner.
    • Or take Sound Transit Link light rail to Stadium Station. You can use Trip Planner for rail, too.
    • No West Seattle Water Taxi this weekend. If you’re coming from West Seattle, take a Metro bus and get off at Alaskan Way South and South Jackson Street for easy access to T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field.

Some tips before you head out the door:

  • Make sure your ORCA Card is loaded with funds. The last thing you want to do is arrive at the station and have to wait in line.
  • If you don’t have an ORCA card, you can download the Transit Go Ticket App, so you can just show your phone and GO!
  • Head out early. The last thing you want to experience is waiting in very long lines.
  • Check your apps. Make sure your route is still running (and on time).

While you are at the game, tweet us and let us know how you got there!

@kirotraffic Parking for the Mariners, Huskies, Kraken AND Seahawks is going to be a nightmare this weekend 😐 Traffic reporter Micki Gamez has all your public transit options to get to any game in Seattle! #seausrise #seattlemariners #marinersbaseball #seattle #seattletiktok #seattleseahawks #seattlekraken #seahawks #climatepledgearena #downtownseattle #soundtransit #publictransit #kingcountymetro ♬ Roxanne – Instrumental – Califa Azul

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Advice to Mariners, Hawks fans this weekend: Don’t drive!