Tacoma Rainiers signs could lead fans to stadium

Staff writerFebruary 12, 2014 

What the signs would look like, from an application filed with the city of Tacoma's Planning and Development Services Department

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Finding Cheney Stadium can feel a bit like hide and seek. While easily seen from Highway 16, it’s not obvious how to get there.

The Tacoma Rainiers baseball team has proposed two 26-foot-tall, but narrow, signs to direct people toward the stadium.

“It’s not the easiest place to find. You see it going by on Highway 16,” said Rainiers team president Aaron Artman. But when people leave the highway, “they get the exit and they don’t know where to go.”

Artman said he’s seen comments from wayward fans on Facebook. If all goes as planned, the new sign should be installed by opening day, April 3. One sign will be placed on the southeast corner of 19th Street and Clay Huntington Way, and a second will be placed on the northwest corner of Tyler Street and the entrance to the ballpark.

While the red, white and blue retro sign does light up, there are no moving or flashing elements, Artman said. The team is asking for permission from the city to install the signs, which exceed the size of signs currently allowed in that area.

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542 kate.martin@thenewstribune.com @KateReports

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