Sounders FC’s home game against rival Portland on Aug. 25 has already sold out the full capacity of CenturyLink Field, the team announced Tuesday.
As a result, 400 seats have been added to the stadium’s upper level (bleachers, standing room only) for the first time in franchise history. And those might already be gone.
So believe it or not, an NFL stadium won’t be big enough for an MLS regular-season game.
The Sounders noted in the news release that 6,000 tickets were sold after the signing of Clint Dempsey, meaning the majority were already purchased. The game is expected to serve as the home debut for the new designated player.
There are a couple attendance records that could be at risk that game as Seattle’s biggest crowd for an MLS game was 66,452 (3-0 win vs. Portland on Oct. 7, 2012). For any game it was 67,052 (7-0 loss vs. Manchester United on July 20, 2011).
As a side note, the Sounders have added a two-match ticket package for home games against Real Salt Lake on Sept. 13 and Los Angeles on Oct. 27 — available by calling 1-877-MLS-GOAL or going to the team website. Capacity is already set to expand for those two games, so we could be seeing two more full-stadium sellouts.
Here is a look at how Seattle has done in MLS regular season games in front of big crowds:
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Sounders are 7-0-2 in front of home crowds over 40,000. Goal differential: 22-8.
Sounders are 6-0-1 in front of home crowds over 45,000. Goal differential: 19-6.
Sounders are 5-0-0 in front of home crowds over 50,000. Goal differential: 14-3.
Sounders are 4-0-0 in front of home crowds over 55,000. Goal differential: 11-1.
Sounders are 3-0-0 in front of home crowds over 60,000. Goal differential: 9-1.
Sounders are 1-0-0 in front of home crowds over 65,000. Goal differential: 3-0.