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October 2, 2011 at 11:36 PM

GM Adrian Hanauer expects around 35,000 for USOC final

Reporters caught up with general manager Adrian Hanauer briefly after Sunday’s practice as anticipation grows for Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup final.

When asked how he feels ticket sales are going, Hanauer said: “I’m thrilled. I think we’ll push 35,000, set another record. It’s hard starting from ticket No. 1. Selling 35,000 over a month, five weeks — it’s a big number.”

He made sure to credit the team’s business relationship with the Seahawks for boosting ticket sales. He also said capacity at CenturyLink Field would be adjusted to satisfy demand (currently the upper deck isn’t open, but it could be by game time if needed) and reiterated that no paying customer will be turned away.

When asked about the decision to open up the Hawks’ Nest, Hanauer said: “It’s such a great spot in the stadium — still close to the field, it’ll be loud, it’ll be full. We’re excited to give it a try. Obviously it also involves a conversation with our good partners at Xbox, Microsoft. It’s great that they were willing to work with us and allow us to try it out.”

Lastly, Hanauer said playing an opponent that also takes the Open Cup seriously adds to the game (Chicago is seeking a fifth title, which would tie the most by a team). Not to mention, Hanauer is also good friends with Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, which adds to the competition as well.

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