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Enhancing Pacific Northwest Flavors at T-Mobile Park

The multi-year renovation and revitalization of T-Mobile Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners, has elevated the ballpark as a destination for great food and entertainment thanks in part to an ongoing collaboration with Centerplate. 

Our Facility Design and Menu Consulting team began with the dimly-lit, cramped and under-utilized outfield concourse and reimagined it as a destination unto itself. Centerplate worked with the Mariners to re-design the area (located adjacent to the visiting team’s bullpen) to be a lounge with specialty concessions and event space, in consultation with James Beard Award-winning local chef Ethan Stowell. The second phase of the project included a massive renovation of the outfield, replacing a poorly-attended seating area with a multi-level restaurant, “Edgar’s Cantina,” named for Mariners’ Hall-of-Famer Edgar Martinez, serving northwest-Mex fare within reach of the center fielder. The most recent phase, an overhaul of the Club level, included a specialty cocktail bar and fresh, local seafood stand. 

Today, T-Mobile Park has become one of the hottest social scenes in the city, with Friday afternoons packed into the ‘Pen with pre-game crowds looking to tap a keg of special craft beer with a local brewer. During the NFL season, Centerplate opens the concourse of the empty ballpark for hungry tailgaters, charging a cover for live bands and opening concession stands to serve crowds of 5,000 (without a game in the building). Attendance in the area has soared, as have per capita sales, which jumped by 190% in the renovated sections, driving overall increases park-wide by 25%. 

In 2018 also, Centerplate worked with the Seattle Mariners to make it the first Major League Baseball stadium to offer CLEAR for concessions payments and age validation. By allowing fans to pay and get their age checked by merely a finger tap, this tech-forward feature further enhances what is already considered the premier food and beverage experience in all of baseball.  

The system is based on biometrics and was developed by a company called CLEAR, which already has a similar system in place at airports to speed travelers through security lines.

October 20, 2020

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