$135M in funding OK’d for Seattle Mariners ballpark
SEATTLE — Washington state’s King County Council has approved $135 million in public funding for improvements at Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners play.
The funding package narrowly passed in a 5-4 vote on Monday.
The Mariners initially asked for $180 million in funding to fix wear and tear at the 19-year-old stadium as part of a long-term, 25-year extension with the Public Facilities District that oversees the ballpark.
Funding package opponents argued that the billion-dollar company could pay for its own needs.
The funding package was lowered to $135 million after dozens of housing advocates argued that the funds would be better used on much-needed affordable housing.
The Mariners thanked the public for their support in a statement issued after the vote.
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