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Safeco Field roof breaks down

Jan 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

Safeco Field AP

The Mariners product on the field isn’t the only thing in need of repairs.

Seattle’s FanFest was dampened Saturday because two of the retractable roof’s panels remained stuck in place, the result of a broken wheel and axle.

The problem was discovered Thursday, but the Mariners went ahead with the FanFest anyway. While they were able to keep most of the field and activities covered, a light rain fell on the east side of the field.

“The good news is it’s now, and not when we’re playing baseball,” vice president of ballpark operations Scott Jenkins said. “If it happened during the season, it could be a problem. But we have time to deal with it.”

The roof is expected to be fixed next week.

According to’s Greg Johns, the Safeco roof has failed just once during a game, that leading to a 54-minute rain delay in a contest versus the Rangers on July 23, 2000.

  1. daryllh - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    funny. SAFEco.

  2. shawnuel - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Huh…I’m just 60 miles south of Seattle and it didn’t rain a lick down here. Even somewhat sunny the first half of the day.

  3. dondada10 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    So there was a rain-cloud over FanFest? Ominous.

  4. denny65 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    “Axel?” Really?

    • jwbiii - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      Yeah, I’d blame Izzy.

    • crisisjunky - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Axel is a little scandinavian gargoyl that lives up in the roof.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        Whoops. Thanks.

  5. natsattack - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    It might be kinda like one of those mirrors, that break into a thousand pieces when something ugly looks at it. This is a new low for the Mariners.

  6. hmisanthropy - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    60 miles…. LOL…. Does not mean it didn’t rain in Seattle, or even a mile down the road…

  7. mrznyc - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Seattle baseball news. You don’t see that very often.

  8. ricofoy - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That wasn’t rain. It was the baseball Gods peeing on this woebegone franchise. It’s going to be a loooong year in Seattle once again.

  9. Old Gator - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Macondo Banana Massacre Field if we get at CAT3 or higher storm here. All those big plexiglass windows. That Cuisinart roof. Why do I have a funny feeling that the Feesh will wind up begging to play at Joeprodolsharklife (or whatever it’s called by then) Stadium again while it’s being repaired?

    • crisisjunky - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      A fairly accurate peer into the crystal ball of inevitability… but what good is a fish bowl
      without filling it with water, and where would management tread?
      and would it be half full or half empty after FEMA crews depart?

  10. detroitcityryda - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    One of my favorite ballparks in the league can’t wait to see my tiges play there at 10:30 et time and hear that train passing by as miggy and prince destroy that sorry team .

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