People are always asking for more night games — particularly in the Cactus League — and the Seattle Mariners are fulfilling that request. Night games in Peoria are always a festive happening, what with the restaurants and bars surrounding the ballpark, and 2018 promises to be a lively one for Mariners fans.
Whether the night games will continue beyond 2018 remains to be seen. There is a scientific reason for scheduling so many home games, say the Mariners: Research will be performed on the potential “performance-related benefits players can derive by maintaining regular sleep patterns, and the desire to prepare them for the routine of regular season start times,” according to a press release. If positive results derive from this study, you can bet you’ll see many more teams shift to more night games in future spring-training seasons.
Here are some highlights from the Mariners 2018 spring schedule:
- Sixteen “home” games at the Peoria Sports Complex, plus two games against the Padres when they are the home team;
Home games against the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (February 25), San Francisco Giants (March 14) and Chicago Cubs (March 24);
Two games against the American League Central Champion Cleveland Indians, who open the 2018 regular season at Safeco Field on Thursday, March 29.
A special presale of 2018 spring-training single-game tickets for Mariners season-ticket holders and Mariners Mail subscribers will take place beginning November 29. Single-game tickets will be available to all fans, online only, beginning Wednesday, December 6 at 9:00 am Pacific. The Peoria box office opens on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14, with the first pitchers and catchers workout scheduled for Feb. 15. Position players will report on Feb. 19, with the first full squad workout set for Feb. 20.