Tacoma Rainiers Overview

Fast facts

League: Pacific Coast League

Head Coach: John Russell

Team Mascot: Rhubarb the Reindeer

Year Opened: 1960

Capacity: 6500

City / State: Tacoma / Washington

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Tacoma Rainiers vs Sacramento River Cats

Rival Team: Sacramento River Cats

You won’t want to miss it when the Rainiers take on their division rivals the Sacramento River Cats. The rivalry used to have extra importance as the River Cats were the Triple-A affiliate of the Mariners’ division rivals the Oakland A’s. However, that has changed as now the River Cats are the San Francisco Giants affiliate.

Tacoma Rainiers vs Salt Lake Bees

Rival Team: Salt Lake Bees

Like their parent clubs the Rainiers and Bees have an intense rivalry. Make sure to take the opportunity to see future Mariners stars play future Angels stars when the Rainiers take on the Bees.

Tacoma Rainiers Tailgate Guide


Park in the general admission lots for some tailgating or take a cab or Uber from downtown Tacoma if you want to enjoy some of the best bars and restaurants Tacoma has to offer. The general parking at Rainiers games cost $10 and fills up quickly, so make sure to arrive early, if you want to enjoy some parking lot action before the game.

Those of you who want to go to a bar or restaurant before the game will want to make your way to the stadium from downtown. The neighborhood immediately surrounding Cheney Stadium is mostly residential providing you with few restaurant options.

Head on down to downtown Tacoma before the game if you want to enjoy the city to its fullest before taking in a Rainiers game.


Main Entrance

When attending a game at Cheney Park, go in the main entrance so you can see the stadium marquee and team store on your way into the park. The team store is an excellent place to grab some Rainiers gear before the game as well.

Where to tailgate

Tacoma Rainiers Stadium Guide

In Game

Baseball fans in the Tacoma area won’t want to miss the opportunity to see future Mariners stars play at Cheney Stadium. The Tacoma Rainiers have been the Mariners Triple-A affiliate since 1995, and over the years lots of Mariners greats have come through Tacoma. You won’t want to miss the stars of tomorrow take the field at Cheney Stadium.

In addition to the ability to see future MLB stars, a Rainiers game also offers a lot of family fun. The Family Pavilion is a great place to take the kids during the game and is home to a playground and a wiffle ball field.

Finally, if you’re taking a large group to the game or want an interesting view of the ballpark, then the Bullpen Lounge, Left Field Party Decks, and Coors Light Landing are just the places for you. All three of these areas offer unique views of the field, so come back to Cheney Stadium a few times to watch the games from all the different areas.

You’ll have a lot of fun attending a Rainiers game, so get your tickets today.

Things to check out

Ben Cheney Statue

The Rainiers have a statue of Ben Cheney who helped bring a team to Tacoma. The statue is seated behind home plate and presents an excellent photo op for any Rainiers fan.

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Family Pavilion

Those of you taking the kids to the game will want to stop by the Family Pavilion. The Family Pavilion features a playground and wiffle ball field and is the perfect place for kids to play during the game.

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Bullpen Lounge

Located below the outfield party deck, the Bullpen Lounge gives fans a field-level view of the action. If you’ve ever wanted to watch the game like an outfielder, then the Bullpen Lounge is just the spot for you.

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Left Field Party Decks

If you’re entertaining a large group at Cheney Field, then you can’t beat the Left Field Party Decks. The Party Decks can accommodate between 50 and 700 people and offer some of the best views in the ballpark.

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Coors Light Landing

The Coors Light Landing is located above the bullpens in the outfield and provides a fantastic view of the field as well as Mt. Rainier. You’ll also find a great selection of craft beers here as well, so stop by and pick one up during your visit to Cheney Stadium.

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Rhubarb the Reindeer

Keep an eye out for the Rainiers beloved mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer. Rhubarb is a big part of every Rainiers game and gets into all kinds of shenanigans making him a must-see.

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Kids Run the Bases

After Saturday and Sunday games, kids can run the bases at Cheney Stadium. If you're bringing the kids to a weekend game, then make sure to stick around and run the bases after the game.

Tacoma Rainiers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Ale House Pub & Eatery

    The Ale House Pub and Eatery

    Bar & grill with a beer garden, ample draft brews, multiple TVs & games including shuffleboard.

    2122 Mildred St W, Tacoma, WA 98466, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. The Social Bar and Grill

    The Social Bar and Grill

    Roomy New American eatery with an industrial-like interior & popular patio equipped with fire pits.

    1715 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Knapp’s Restaurant


    Old-school American eatery & cocktail lounge with a menu featuring classic comfort food & breakfast.

    2707 N Proctor St, Tacoma, WA 98407, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  4. The Red Hot


    An over-21 spot for creative hot dogs plus ample rotating craft beers & an easygoing environment.

    2914 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Peterson Bros. 1111

    Peterson Bros

    Brother-owned bar with a cool, rustic vibe & an eclectic menu of sandwiches & craft beers.

    1111 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Engine House No. 9


    House-brewed beer & ale plus burgers & comfort grub sound the alarm in a historic former firehouse.

    611 N Pine St, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Jazzbones


    Restaurant & nightclub with comedy, jazz & other shows, plus a menu of sushi, pizza & bar bites.

    2803 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Hank’s Bar and Grill

    Hanks Bar and Grill

    Chill neighborhood bar offering an array of beers, plus sandwiches & other bites in a casual space.

    524 N K St, Tacoma, WA 98403, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  9. Crown Bar

    Crown Bar

    You'll definitely fall in love with their relaxing and homey vibe while sipping that amazing drink.

    2705 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Pacific Southern

    Pacific Southern

    Casual spot offering hearty, homestyle Southern fare, plus cocktails & craft beers on tap.

    3832 S Pine St, Tacoma, WA 98409, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Stanley and Seafort’s

    Stanley and Seaforts

    Prime rib, oysters Rockefeller & other American classics, plus valet parking & harbor & city views.

    115 E 34th St, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  12. West End Pub


    Neighborhood sports bar with a menu of pizza, sandwiches & burgers plus TVs, games & karaoke.

    3840 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Flipping Out Burgers & Fries

    Flipping Out Burgers and Fries

    Vibrant, simple fast-food joint specializing in burgers made from house-ground Angus beef & fries.

    4008 S 12th St, Tacoma, WA 98405, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  14. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

    Dickeys Barbecue Pit

    BBQ chain eatery featuring house-smoked meats, stuffed baked potatoes & classic sides.

    5104 6th Ave #102, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  15. Shakabrah

    Shakabrah egg omelet

    Casual breakfast spot with hearty egg dishes & pancakes, plus burgers & sandwiches at lunch.

    2618 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  16. Asado Restaurant

    Asado Restaurant

    Argentine chophouse cooking meat on a mesquite-fired grill in a candlelit space with cowhide booths.

    2810 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$$$