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February 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM

MLS commissioner tells Portland audience Sounders’ attendance will go “well north of 40,000”

Commissioner Don Garber was quoted as saying the following in an article in The Oregonian today, about the Timbers.

“Seattle is continuing to surprise us all. They haven’t announced it yet, but they’ve sold out their available season tickets (for 2010). They’re now at 32,000 and expect to go well north of 40,000 for their attendance.”


Which means that since the team said it would cap its season ticket sales at 32,000, it has reached that mark. And if per-game attendance is going over 40,000, that means more seats in the upper deck will be opened.
UPDATE: 11:18 a.m. – The team says a few season tickets remain, and that the full stadium will not be opened up for regular-season games. Garber could have been referring to average attendance including friendlies, when the entire stadium will be opened up.
The Hawks Nest is off limits for MLS games because the Xbox sponsorship is critical to the team and it can’t just simply give up that tarp sign. I wonder if we could see a configuraton like that used for the MLS Cup last year, when the club opened up seating in the upper decks to bring capacity to 42,000.

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