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Safeco Field
June 17, 1999

Safeco Field Milestones

Journal staff Though it was on a fast track, Safeco Field was three years in construction from final site selection to tossing the first pitch. Here's a list of some of the milestones of the project, with links to some relevant stories we've written about this amazing construction feat over the past few years.

  • Sept. 9, 1996 Site selection finalized.

  • October 1996 First test piles driven.

  • March 1997 Demolition of buildings along First Avenue South.

  • March 8, 1997 Groundbreaking.

  • March 31, 1997 First pile driven.

  • October 1997 Construction starts on main concourse.

  • December 1997 First steel arrives and is placed on the main stadium bowl.

  • March 1998 First portion of runway truss spanning railroad tracks put in place.

  • May 1998 Construction reaches half way mark. First bogey delivered and placed.

  • May 28, 1998 Construction of first roof panel begins.

  • June 1998 Construction of first roof truss begins.

  • July 29, 1998 Topping out ceremony last piece of structural steel put in place.

  • August 1998 Seating platform completed. First roof panel completed.

  • Sept. 14, 1998 First roof panel moved 150 feet off staging platform over field. Construction of second roof panel under way.

  • Oct. 26, 1998 Excavation of playing surface begins.

  • December 1998 Construction of final roof panel begins.

  • Jan. 7, 1999 Installation of state-of-the-art playing field drainage and irrigation system begins.

  • March 1999 LED scoreboard installed, the most comprehensive system in baseball.

  • April 28, 1999 Last piece of structural steel placed on roof.

  • May 1999 Installation of 47,000 seats complete.

  • May 24, 1999 Turf installation begins.

  • June 1999 Retractable roof is fully operational.

  • July 15, 1999 First game scheduled Mariners versus the San Diego Padres.

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