The hot new menu item this year is a donut bar called On Deck Donuts where fans wait for 20-30 minutes for mini and jumbo donuts delivered with a selection of toppings including M & Ms and bacon bits.
Under overcast skies, the Mariners opened the Safeco Field Doors at 16:40 to begin their 41st season in Seattle.
Bob Perrell, 64, was the first in the series outside the center field gate at the corner of First Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South.
Behind him, the crowd was buzzing as the stadium attendants pulled in, and M-stations Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims led a "3-2-1" countdown that started a dizzying procession into the stadium.
"I had to be here," said Perrell, a 64-year-old former North Bend estate agent who grew up in Boston and moved to Seattle 26 years ago. "I arrived here around 3:30 and there were about 20 people here … There is nothing better than the energy of the opening day.
" It happens only once a year, so I enjoy the atmosphere and take everything
On the road, JoAnn Wuitschick, a 53-year-old Edmonds resident and baseball pal Rhonda Chong, 44, who lives in Shoreline, gathered in front of the left field gate full of optimism about the Mariners.
She Seattle recently appeared in the playoffs in 2001
"I think they will win, I dare say, 90 games," said Wuitschick who got a season pass for the first time this year. "I'm hopeful. I'm excited about Dee Gordon. It will be interesting to see what they do with (Ryon) Healy first.
Aside from baseball, Wuitschick was eager to see the new food and drink options at Safeco Field.
Chapulines, or toasted grasshoppers, were the rage in 2017.
The hot new menu in this one Year is a donut bar called On Deck Donuts, where fans come for 20-30 minutes for mini and jumbo donuts, which came with a selection of toppings, including M & Ms and Seattle Jacks BBQ and Din Tai Fung Launched as Sound Seafood introduced a $ 20 lobster roll and sandwich sultan presented a fresh mix of $ 13 with a sandwich, a cubano and a turnip.
And Chateau Ste. Michelle is now the house wine of Safeco Field , with keg casts of the 14-hands label.
"You can not try everything in one game because there's just so much to see and do when you come here," said Wuitschick, the one Edgar Martinez Wearing a jersey, while Chong an Ichiro Wearing jersey. "And opening day, it's the best day of the year in baseball because of the energy and the people. That's why we're here.
47,149 spectators – the largest regular audience in Safeco Field history – were greeted in the stadium on Thursday with a few new changes.
• Just like at the airport, fans could sign with CLEAR Lanes, a biometric security system, and go around long Queuing at the Entrance Free registration includes scanning an ID, answering a series of questions, and creating a secure biometric account by scanning fingerprints.
• Fans who left the ballpark after entering the area could not join In the past, the Mariners allowed fans to scan and re-enter.
• Because fans can not leave the stadium during the games, Safeco now has smoking areas behind the midfield and the right field.  • The Mariners Replaced the entire playing surface at Safeco Field The scope of the project included the main works on the playing field since the opening of the ballpark in 1999.
• Protective grills in the seats behind the shelters on the first and third base sides extending 14 feet above field field level
"I have many Questions answered when the guests came in because it is a new year and new guidelines, "said Frank Muscutt, who has been working as a concierge at Safeco Field for eight years. "I see more enthusiasm than in recent years."