Mariners engage fans with virtual special events

Traditional in-park events like Salute to Armed Forces Night pivot to video and social media to connect fans to Mariners Baseball

August 4th, 2020

The Seattle Mariners are continuing to find ways to connect fans to the game while they’re staying safe at home to catch Mariners Baseball on radio and TV. During a typical season, there would be special events at T-Mobile Park to celebrate and honor groups and occasions and create opportunities to unite fans around shared interests.

This season, even without fans in the ballpark, the Mariners will continue the tradition of such special events as Salute to Armed Forces Night and Jackie Robinson Day, along with some new efforts that will highlight and engage with fans.

Throwback Thursdays

Every Thursday game, home and away, fans are encouraged to share on their social media streams photos of themselves, friends and family with their retro Mariners gear or memorabilia or share stories about their experiences as Mariners fans. The posts can also be tagged for the ROOT SPORTS #WhereIRoot campaign and may be featured on the TV broadcast of the game.

Salute to Armed Forces Night

On Tuesday, August 4, the Mariners will continue the longtime tradition of honoring the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. This year’s Salute to Armed Forces Night activities include a virtual ceremonial first pitch, singing of the National Anthem, Virtual Cheer feature, and introductions of batters all involving military active duty personnel or veterans. The various pregame and in-game elements will be incorporated into the game broadcast on ROOT SPORTS and featured on Mariners social media.

The Mariners will also award two $5,000 grants to programs that support members of the military and their families. One grant will go to Wear Blue: Run to Remember, a nonprofit that honors the service and sacrifice of military members and their families through the community of running. The other goes to Permission To Start Dreaming, a Washington-based organization that helps veterans and first responders access effective, long-term solutions to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Healthcare Heroes Night

On Saturday, August 8, the Mariners tip our cap to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout the region. Before and during the game, the Mariners will pay tribute to the men and women who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic with a ceremonial first pitch, performance of the National Anthem, Virtual Cheer feature and introduction of batters, all virtually. Mariners social media will also highlight some of our community’s Healthcare Heroes during the game.

Check for information about other special events scheduled for the 2020 season.