At the time, I wrote that the Mariners appeared to be bucking a trend by foregoing public money for a new stadium in favor of staying where they were. The Mariners say they will only sign their lease extension deal with Safeco Field if King County approves $180 million in public funding for the ballpark. "Fred Rivera, a Mariners executive vice president and the team's legal counsel, said Wednesday that the lease deal would be signed only if the county approves the public funding for the ballpark." I am a season ticket holder and I do not think the Mariners need $180 million in public funding. Here, it's important to note that the Mariners' demand for public funding isn't actually new: in fact, it's part of the proposed lease contract that was originally agreed to back in May. As Tim Cantu, an attorney, correctly noted for Lookout Landing,. The Mariners aren't making a last-minute demand for new money here; they're asking that the County pay what the County said it would pay as a condition of the Mariners signing a new lease. That doesn't mean the Mariners would leave if the public funding is rejected.