Seattle Mariners to seek naming-rights deal after 25-year lease renewal

The Seattle Mariners will begin the search for a stadium naming-rights deal after agreeing a 25-year lease to stay at the former Safeco Field.

The lease with Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District Board says the Mariners are responsible for “performing all the maintenance, operations, and capital improvements and upgrades at the publicly-owned ballpark”.

“We want this ballpark to be our home for a hundred years,” said John Stanton, the Mariners chairman and managing partner. “This lease continues the public-private partnership that has made this ballpark one of the best homes for professional baseball, a perennial fan favourite.”

The Mariners are expected to announce a stadium naming-rights deal in the next few weeks, with T-Mobile rumoured to be the new partner.