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Mariners announce 25-year naming rights deal with T-Mobile

The Seattle Mariners’ home ballpark, known as Safeco Field since its opening in 1999, will now be going by the name T-Mobile Park.

The Mariners on Wednesday announced the 25-year partnership with T-Mobile. The deal officially begins on Jan. 1, 2019 and runs through December 2043.

“Fans have come to expect a great experience at this ballpark and we have made a commitment to invest substantial Club revenues over the next 25-years to make sure that continues,” Mariners President and CEO Kevin Mather said in an announcement, via the team’s official site. “This partnership with T-Mobile will help us meet that obligation so that fans will have a first-class experience at T-Mobile Park for decades to come.”

The new naming rights agreement with T-Mobile is subject to approval by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD).

The deal with T-Mobile will run concurrently with a new 25-year lease the Mariners signed with PFD, which obligates the team to “pay a minimum of $600 million for ballpark maintenance, operations, capital upgrades and fan improvements over the next 25 years,” per the team’s site.

“T-Mobile has a deep commitment to this community, a passion for customer service and a well-earned reputation as a leader in innovation. These are the qualities that make T-Mobile the right partner to name this iconic ballpark,” said John Stanton, Seattle Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner.