The P in PFD stands for what
Another great question on this — where’s the Public Facilities District been? They’re supposedly responsible for oversight of the Mariners’ operation of the park.
Here’s their mission statement:
To site, design, build, and operate an excellent and attractive baseball park that is an asset to the community and the region, that promotes the success of Major League Baseball in the State of Washington, that contributes to fan enjoyment of baseball, and that can be achieved within the available resources.
How does that ugly-ass, cramped, atmosphere-destroying permanent temporary seating section contribute to the fan enjoyment of baseball? How does it make Safeco Field excellent or attractive?
Even their vision statement cries out against this —
The stadium is expected to combine the look and feel of traditional ballparks with the convenience, amenities, and revenue-generating features of a modern, state-of-the-art facility. Traditional ballparks generally emphasize the pastoral nature of the sport of baseball, incorporate unique and often asymmetrical design elements, and provide fans with a sense of intimacy and proximity to the players.
How are the new stands a unique design element? If the original stadium design balanced the look and feel of traditional ballparks with the revenue-generating features of a modern facility, doesn’t this upset that compromise?
These are good question for the PFD Board Members, who unfortunately don’t have contact numbers or email on their site. The only information we have is “The office phone number is (206)664-3076, FAX (206)664-3194.” Kevin Callan, who is listed on the contact us page (and who we’re supposed to “Feel Free” to contact) has the same contact info as the main switchboard.
Man, I’m steamed about this.