Enthusiastic Mariners fans fill T-Mobile park for meaningful October baseball


Baseball fever is back in Seattle.

Hours before Friday night’s game between the Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels, a game with huge playoff implications, he was tried sold out at T-Mobile Park, which has a seating capacity of 47,929.

It was certainly a big change from Wednesday when 17,366 saw the Mariners complete a three-game Oakland sweep.

With the Mariners tied for the second wild card after losing Boston on Thursday, it looked like everyone was excited Friday to make it to T-Mobile Park, with queues at the gates long before fans could enter. .

“I’m so excited,” said Nathan Cain of Covington, who came to the game with Jordyn Peters and was leading the line to enter the stadium. “I’ve never been to a sold-out game, and I’ve never been to a game where the fans were so invested in October.”

Cain bought the Friday tickets a month ago, “but I didn’t expect there to be 47,000 people here.”

Peters said Cain had brought her to baseball. They started attending Mariners games two, three times a month at the start of the season.

“It’s cool to see it pick up speed and see everyone so excited,” she said. “When we started going in May, there was hardly anyone there and it was raining and freezing. Now everyone is so excited.

Casey Porter, who is from Seattle and said he’s been a Mariners fan since birth, hung out in the Pen long before the game.

“I’m way too excited, way too nervous,” Porter said. “I was excited all day at work and couldn’t sleep last night. I’m having so much fun with this season.

Even those who worked at T-Mobile and knew they were going to be a lot busier than normal got into the excitement.

Kerrie Hodge and Mel Curry, who work at High Cheese Pizza & Wings, said working a sold-out night is easy as long as everything is ready in advance.

“Everyone’s going to keep coming and going, everyone, throughout the game, so it’s going to be busy,” Hodge said.

But it was good for Hodge and Curry, who both predicted a Mariners victory.

Eila Pergiel, who works as a usher, said it was “pleasant and refreshing” to work during a sold-out match.

“We’re playing on the emotions that are going on there, so it’s going to be a fun night,” she said.

The chants of “Let’s go Mariners” began to erupt approximately 45 minutes before the start of the game. It was that kind of night.

“It’s going to be a madhouse, but it’s going to be good to just have the fans here,” said Landa, who has worked at the Mariners Team Store in Section 132 for over 20 years and didn’t want to donate. her last name. “I am so excited, and I can’t wait.”

The excitement did not go unnoticed by the players. Mariners third baseman Ty France said the 17,000 on Wednesday looked like 50,000.

“I am really looking forward to having a full house tonight and this weekend,” said France.

And long-suffering Mariners fans are starting to believe it.

“The magic is there. There is something special in the air, ”Porter said.

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