Safeco Field crew works 8 days a week to prepare for Sir Paul

Tony Pereira doesn’t travel much as Safeco Field’s senior director of ballpark operations. Neither does Bob Christoferson as the field’s head groundskeeper.

But both men flew across the country last week — Pereira to Boston, Christoferson to Washington, D.C. — on the same mission.

Pereira arrived in Boston to observe Paul McCartney’s July 9 show at Fenway Park. Christoferson went to D.C. for the week of McCartney’s July 12 show at Washington Nationals ballpark.

Neither was there for the music. They were trying to figure out how to pull off the first big concert at Safeco Field.

Friday, ex-Beatle and solo legend Paul McCartney will play a virtually sold-out show from center field.

This will be the first major pop concert and one of the largest events ever held at Safeco. (The Beach Boys played Safeco in 2008 in conjunction with Microsoft’s annual company meeting, but that was a semiprivate event.) Five days after the park’s 14th birthday, about 45,000 people will fill it for McCartney’s “Out There” tour. A crowd of 47,000 attended the field’s at-capacity opening game in July 1999.

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