2021 Tacoma Rainiers media credentials will be issued only to accredited members of the media and can be requested by following the link here. Single-game media requests for the Tacoma Rainiers will only be accepted up to 2 days before the start of each 6-game series. Full-season credentials will not be issued for the start of the 2021 season because of limited media space due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. The Rainiers will be very selective in issuing credentials; however, those denied may continue applying for daily credentials during the 2021 season.
Media members will be informed of their credential status no later than 5 p.m. PT the day prior to the start of a series. Credentials will be available for pick-up from the Cheney Stadium box office 3 hours prior to first pitch on day of game. Credentials must be returned to the Cheney Stadium press box prior to leaving the stadium post-game.
Under no circumstances are media credentials to be transferred from person to person without the expressed permission and approval of the Tacoma Rainiers communications department. Violation of this policy may result in the informing of the Major League Baseball office, dismissal of the media member from Cheney Stadium and confiscation of the violator's media credential.
By applying for a media credential, the applicant and their media organization agree to adhere to all guidelines provided by the Tacoma Rainiers, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and Cheney Stadium staff. The following guidelines apply to all accredited media and are subject to change.
MEDIA CREDENTIAL PICKUP:
Upon approval of a credential request, media members may pick up daily credentials at the Cheney Stadium Box Office Will Call window 3 hours prior to first pitch on day of game. A valid photo ID will be required upon pickup. Any special pickup requests should be sent to AJ Garcia via email at [email protected] no later than 24 hours before first pitch on day of game.
There will be a limited number of media parking spots made available for every Rainiers game. All media members with credentials for a given game will have their names placed on a parking list.
The press box is located along the third base side of Cheney Stadium on the ballpark's second level, and opens 3 hours prior to first pitch. It is a working press box for WORKING MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ONLY.
Due to space limitations and COVID-19 health and safety protocol, print media will be assigned a seat in the seating bowl directly in front of the press box (Section D). There is always a possibility that credentialed media will not be stationed in the press area but at an auxiliary area. The Rainiers have wireless internet access available for those outside the press box as well as those assigned to the auxiliary area. Rosters, lineups, game notes and team statistics will be available virtually two hours prior to the scheduled game time.
Currently, no media are allowed in either clubhouse. The umpire's dressing room is off-limits to the media.
Currently, no media are permitted on-field at any time.
RESTRICTED ACCESS AREAS:
Credentialed media are permitted in all seating areas of the stadium, with exceptions listed below.
- Season Ticket Holder/Group Hospitality Clubs: Only ticketed fans with Dugout Club, Summit Club and MultiCare 1882 Club tickets are allowed access to the respective clubs' dining rooms, bars, and seating areas. Media photographers are not permitted in the Dugout Club seating area during the game. Food and drink provided in these clubs are strictly limited to ticketed fans, and not credentialed media.
- Rainiers Offices: Access to the Tacoma Rainiers front office, located within the MultiCare 1882 Club, is permitted only with an employee host.
- Closed Seating: Major League Baseball and the Tacoma Rainiers have designated specific areas of the seating bowl to be closed to all fans, media and uncovered staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to players and on-field staff. Please adhere to all signage regarding restricted areas throughout the ballpark.
Violation of this policy will result in the dismissal of the media member from Cheney Stadium and confiscation of the violator's media credential(s) for attending and future games.
The 2021 Tacoma Rainiers Media Guide will be available digitally on TacomaRainiers.com
GAME NOTES, AND STATISTICS:
Rainiers game notes and statistics will be made available in the press box prior to the start of the game. To receive games notes in your inbox daily, please email Director of Media Relations and Content Development, AJ Garcia, at [email protected].
All player/coach media availability will be conducted via video conference. Accredited media will receive a link to join all media sessions. Media members wishing to do an individual interview or a feature story should contact the Rainiers no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled interview time. The media is asked to be respectful of the players' pre-game schedule when requesting an interview. No one will be permitted to interview starting pitchers pre-game on the day of their start.
Still photographers are not currently allowed on-field at any time. All photographers must have credentials showing at all times, and must take every precaution to not impede the views of ticketed fans.
The Tacoma Rainiers reserve the right to ask photographers and all media to change locations at any time.
USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Media outlets needing use of Rainiers photography may contact the communications department at (253) 722-1036 or via email at [email protected]. Accredited media members may use Rainiers photographs for non-endorsement projects only.
As part of a rebranding initiative introduced prior to the 2015 season, the Rainiers now feature new primary and secondary logos required for all collateral used in support of the team. Any collateral utilizing the now-defunct "compass" or any other logo previously promoted by the franchise should be replaced with items included within the new logo set outlined here.
OFFICIAL LOGO SET:
The "Rainiers" script now serves as the team's primary logo, and the standalone "R" operates as the team's secondary logo. For high-res or vector logo files, please contact the communications department via email at [email protected].
Under no circumstances are credentialed media members permitted to seek autographs, personal photographs, baseball, bats, etc. on the field of play or in either clubhouse. Violation of this policy will result in the dismissal of the media member from Cheney Stadium and confiscation of the violator's media credential(s).
CAMERAS IN THE CLUBHOUSE:
Still photography is not permitted clubhouse access at any time.
The Tacoma Rainiers are not liable for any damaged, broken, misplaced or otherwise unusable equipment that media bring to Cheney Stadium.
Full-season credential requests are not yet available for the 2021 season