The one and only name for the Mariners baseball park, Safeco Field, will be no more after the 2018 season. The 20-year deal signed in 1998 is expiring, and the insurance company notified the ballclub that would not extend the naming rights deal, according to a statement from the club Tuesday.
In the statement, Mariners president Kevin Mather said, “Safeco Insurance has been a great partner of the Mariners dating back to the earliest days of the franchise, including the ballpark naming rights for the last 20 years. We appreciate everything Safeco has done over the years to support our organization and look forward to continuing the relationship in the future.”
Tyler Asher, Safeco Insurance president, also had a diplomatic spin:
“It has been an honor to host the naming rights for the last 20 years and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the Mariners. While our marketing approach is changing, we intend to remain active partners with the organization for years to come.
“Safeco and our parent company Liberty Mutual are committed to our presence in the Seattle community, by providing jobs to thousands of people in the region and supporting non-profits that help make Seattle one of the finest and exciting cities in the U.S. and across the globe.”
The stadium is owned by a municipal corporation, the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD), and the Mariners are the operators.
The Mariners say they have begun preliminary talks with potential naming rights partners.
Time to get your imaginations working.
The Ballpark at Boeing.
(Catholic Church) Our Lady of Perpetual Futility.
Gates of Heaven.
Vulcan Home World.
(Favorite pot store name) Grass Field.
Alexa, Give Me The Playoffs Stadium.
F.X. McRory’s Irish Pub.
Baja Seattle Arena.
Delta Field at Alaska Airlines Ballpark.
Clank Next to the Clink.