SEATTLE – Seattle Mariners fans can thank Bono for the fact that this weekend's series against the Florida Marlins is being played at Safeco Field.
The three games were supposed to be played at the Marlins' home park, Sun Life Stadium. But the facility is being prepared for a U2 concert.
Even though Safeco Field the Mariners home ballpark, this will technically be a road series for them. The Marlins will be the home team and will bat last in each inning. The games will be under National League rules, meaning the pitchers will bat and there will be no designated hitter.
"Being a visiting team in your home ballpark, that'll be a different feel," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
It's the second time in two years a team has played as a road team in their home stadium in interleague play. Last year, Commissioner Bud Selig moved a scheduled home series for the Toronto Blue Jays to Philadelphia due to security concerns around the G20 Summit that was being held near the stadium in Toronto.