Dave Niehaus statue unveiled at Safeco Field Friday

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SEATTLE – A bronze statue of late Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus will be unveiled Friday at Safeco Field.

Dave’s long-time broadcast partner Rick Rizzs will preside over the private ceremony at 3 p.m. Dave’s family and former Mariners Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will also be on hand.

The statue captures the Hall of Fame broadcaster at a desk, behind a microphone, wearing headphones with his Mariners scorebook in front of him. There will be an empty seat next to the statue, so fans can sit next to Dave and pose of photos.

The Mariners say artist Lou Cella looked at dozens of photos before creating the piece, which was first sculpted in clay, then cast in bronze.

Dave is wearing a favorite necktie with tiny baseballs on it and a sport coat. The scorebook in front of him is open to the American League Division Series game against the New York Yankees in 1995.

That game was won when Edgar Martinez hit a double down the left field line and Ken Griffey Jr. slid into home. The pages are engraved with Dave’s actual notes and scoring of the game.

The statue will be located on the Main Concourse near Section 105 in right center field. Fans will get their first chance to see it when the gates open at 5:10 p.m. before the Mariners host the Texas Rangers.