• View from behind plate during a baseball game with text overlaying the image that says "My night with the Seattle Mariners."
    ballparks,  Washington state

    My night with the Seattle Mariners – August 6, 2019

    In the days of corporate naming rights, ballpark names come and go.  Whether you still call the Seattle Mariners home ballpark Safeco Field or whether you’ve adapted to calling it T-Mobile Park, the team has played its home games at the same stadium since 1999.  Areas of the ballpark have been remodeled or renovated since its opening, but overall the park has remained the same. Arriving at the ballpark There are multiple parking garages and privately-operated parking lots near T-Mobile Park.  Prices at the garages and lots vary typically depending on proximity to the ballpark.  Sound Transit’s Central Link light rail line offers service via the Stadium Station, which is…

  • Car port entry to a motel with text overlaying that says "My experience at Best Western Lakewood."
    hotel review,  Washington state

    My experience at the Best Western Lakewood

    For my first visit to a Tacoma Rainiers in several years, I was looking for a mid-priced hotel within a reasonable driving distance to the ballpark (read about my visit to the ballpark here).  The Best Western Lakewood fit the bill.  It is about 15-minute drive from the ballpark or a 40-minute bus commute on Pierce Transit Route #2.  The hotel is about a 20-minute drive to downtown Tacoma, but is only 14 minutes from Tacoma Mall.  Additionally, it is less than 10 minutes to great outdoor spots like American Lake Park and Fort Steilacoom Park. 2 queen beds room Although I was traveling with my wife, we chose a…

  • View of a baseball stadium showing a pitcher on the mound with a grandstand behind him and Mount Rainier in the distance. Text overlaying the image says "My night with the Tacoma Rainiers."
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    My night with the Tacoma Rainiers – August 3, 2019

    The Tacoma Rainiers play in a ballpark that was originally built in 100 days prior to the 1960 season.  Fifty years later Cheney Stadium underwent a major renovation and stands as a South Sound staple.  The ballpark also affords fans the opportunity to see the highest mountain in Washington state, Mount Rainier. Arriving at the ballpark Cheney Stadium is approximately six miles from downtown Tacoma.  It is close to the I-5 and Washington State Route 16 interchange, which makes it easy to access from several nearby cities.  Parking in an adjoining lot to the stadium costs $5.  Pierce Transit Route #2 runs from downtown to 19th Street and South Stevens…

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    My experience at the Hampton Inn Seattle/Everett

    For my visit to an Everett AquaSox baseball game, I wanted a hotel close to the ballpark and easily accessible from I-5 (read about my visit to the AquaSox game here).  The Hampton Inn Seattle/Everett was a great match.  The hotel is a five-minute drive or a 25-minute walk to Funko Field.  Additionally, it is about half mile to Angel of the Winds Arena or Funko headquarters.  Paine Field, which restarted commercial air service in March 2019, is a 12-minute drive from the hotel. King guest room Traveling with my wife Katie, we opted for a king guest room.  It comfortably fit our two large suitcases, two carry-on bags, and…

  • Overview of a baseball field from behind home plate with text overlaying it that says "My night with the Everett AquaSox."
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    My night with the Everett AquaSox – August 2, 2019

    The Everett AquaSox play in the oldest ballpark in the Northwest League.  However, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium has undergone several renovations and looks good for a facility that opened in 1949.  A naming-rights deal between the Everett School District and local toy maker Funko signed before the 2019 has brought new life to the park, too. Arriving at the ballpark Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium is less than a mile from downtown Everett.  The ballpark is also under a mile from an interchange with I-5.  So, it is incredibly easy to reach the stadium from anywhere in the area.  Limited parking near the team’s front office at…