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Shaded Seats at T-Mobile Park

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T-Mobile Park, located in the heart of Seattle, is the modern home of the Mariners. Seattle is stereotyped as a wet and rainy city and the stadium is designed with retractable roof that protects players and fans on a poor weather day. The roof at T-Mobile Park is more like an umbrella over the field and doesn’t create the same climate controlled environment found at MLB parks in the south. Unless there is rain in the forecast fans should expect to watch outdoor baseball. This guide will help identify the best shaded seats at T-Mobile Park.

Where are the shaded seats at T-Mobile Park?

When the roof is open, the seats in the shade at T-Mobile Park are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded by mid-afternoon and evening
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded during evening games
  • Under Cover: Base line rows farthest from the field are covered and shaded

For the 2024 season, most Mariners games are mostly day games starting at 1:10 p.m. or evening games starting at 6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m. A few mid-afternoon starts and other miscellaneous times are mixed into the schedule as well. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading.

T-Mobile Park Orientation to the Sun

T-Mobile Park is oriented to the northeast. Each morning the sun rises over the center field wall, curves around home plate around 3:00 in the afternoon, and sets behind 3rd base. This configuration is tricky because it generally makes the 3rd base side of the park the “shade side” but during day games the 1st base side will actually be the shade side for the first few innings until the sun is positioned behind home plate. 

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Mariners Early Afternoon Games

At an afternoon game at T-Mobile Park, the sun is high above the 1st base stands at first pitch. It quickly shifts position, and after a few innings, it’s behind home plate. Once this happens, seats closest to the plate are likeliest to be in the shade. If you don’t mind nosebleeds, upper-level sections 326-335 offer a decent perspective of the field and there is a generous roof covering many rows. At field level, the best bet for shade is directly below the press box in sections 127-133. In the club level, the last 2 or 3 rows in each section are positioned below an overhang, and that cover provides shade early in the day.

Shade seekers should avoid seats in the outfield, as most have little or no sun protection. Sections 306-310 in right field can be a bit of a trap. They are covered by a permanent section of the roof, but as the sun shifts during the afternoon, these seats will be looking right at the sun.

Seats in the Shade at Mariners Late Afternoon Games

Shade is easier to find when the Mariners start at 4:00 or later. Shade seekers should focus on the 3rd base side of the park. Field level sections 127-149 should be mostly safe from the sun. Seats closest to the field may start the game sunny but will become shaded after a few innings. Club level sections 233-249 and upper-level sections 327-347 are also good bets for shade. On the upper level, seats behind home plate offer a better perspective of the field than those down the line.

The sunniest seats are on the 1st base side, particularly deep down the line toward the right field foul pole. Outfield seats are also heavily sun-exposed and not a good choice for anyone trying to avoid the sun.

Shadows on the stands at Safeco Field

By late afternoon the sun position has flipped and the 3rd base side of the ballpark becomes the “shade side.”
Credit: T-Mobile Park by Shutterbug Fotos (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Seats in the Shade at Mariners Evening Games

Because of Seattle’s geographic location, during summer months sunset isn’t until almost 9:00! With Mariners games starting relatively early and finishing sooner due to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, the sun is a key consideration even for evening games.

The good news is that only a few parts of the stadium will be sunny by evening. Almost all of the lower-level seats should be free of sun for an evening game. An exception is center and right field. The portion of the upper deck deep along the 1st base line will get the last bits of that day’s sunshine, specifically sections 306-318. The safest shade spots are the same as in the late afternoon: on the 3rd base line and behind home plate.

Seats in the Shade When the T-Mobile Park Roof is Closed

If the roof is closed for a Mariners game, it means it’s probably raining in Seattle, and the sun isn’t much of a concern anyway. Despite Seattle’s rainy reputation, the summer months are actually fairly dry, and statistically, the roof is open for the vast majority of games. The best strategy is to pick seats assuming the roof will be open and the sun shining. If it turns out the roof is closed when you arrive, no loss!

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