Seattle’s support for soccer never ceases to amaze me. Here’s the release from the team with information on U.S. Open Cup attendance records.
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U.S. Open Cup Final Attendance to Break Longstanding Record
RENTON, WASH. – Advance ticket sales for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final between Seattle Sounders FC and the Columbus Crew have surpassed the record attendance for that event, set 81 years ago. The match on October 5 begins at 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field and will be nationally televised by Fox Soccer Channel.
More than 22,000 tickets have already been sold. The record attendance for an Open Cup final is 21,583 in 1929 between New York Hakoah and Madison Kennel Club of St. Louis. The record in the tournament’s modern era, which began in 1996 when Major League Soccer teams joined, is 19,164 for the 2000 final between the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion.
Tickets start at $15 and will be available by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Qwest Field box office or at www.SoundersFC.com.