The issue has been public for a few weeks, but Reign FC confirmed Thursday that it has signed a multi-year agreement to play its home games at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.
The team will partner with Seattle Public Schools to renovate the locker rooms and make other improvements to the venue.
As it relates to the field, new artificial turf was installed last year and football lines will be painted over during the NWSL season. The Reign will also practice on the historic field, which was the former home of the NASL Sounders in 1974-75 and the A-League/USL Sounders 1995-2002, and has since been a site for high-school sports.
The team had previously played its home games and trained at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.
Memorial Stadium is a 12,000-seat stadium in the northeast corner of the Seattle Center, but capacity will be limited to 6,000 for games. No alcohol will be served due to Seattle Public Schools policy, though the team will look to host pregame events with local bars.
Fans that have already purchased season tickets for 2014 are eligible for a full refund if they prefer not to attend Reign matches at Memorial Stadium by calling (206) 330-0611 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are some quotes from the news release:
“Seattle Public Schools is proud that Seattle Reign FC have selected Memorial Stadium as their home field and we look forward to a long partnership.” — Eric McCurdy, Seattle Public Schools Athletic Director
“This move exemplifies our desire to continuously improve our club on and off the field. We are thrilled to call Memorial Stadium home and we are excited to build a strong and enduring partnership with Seattle Public Schools.” — Bill Predmore, Reign FC owner
“Everyone at AstroTurf joins me in congratulating Reign FC on this momentous move into the heart of Seattle. Our commitment to Seattle Reign FC, Seattle Public Schools and Memorial Stadium is to provide ongoing support and service to ensure that the home field of Reign FC lives up to the high standards set by the organization and Seattle’s renowned soccer community.” — Anthony DiCicco, AstroTurf’s Director of Soccer
“From a football perspective, the pitch is exactly what we were looking for. The stadium itself represents a massive opportunity to enhance the experience we can offer to our fans.” — Laura Harvey, Reign FC head coach and general manager
“We are excited to welcome Seattle Reign FC to the Seattle Center campus and look forward to watching them march towards a National Women’s Soccer League title.” — Robert Nellams, Director of Seattle Center
“Our objective since day one has been to become one of the best women’s football clubs in the world. Moving to Memorial Stadium moves us a step closer to creating the foundation that will allow us to achieve that goal. We have found a place to call home in the heart of downtown Seattle and we couldn’t be happier about that.” — Harvey
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Here are some other relevant notes from the release:
Grandstand seating – all covered – will be available at three different price levels. In addition, a limited number of pitch-side VIP tables will be available for purchase. Single match tickets in the Premium Grandstand section will be sold for $29, or at a discounted rate of $288.00 for the entire 12-match season. The remaining seats in the grandstand will be split into two sections – Grandstand A and Grandstand B – and single match tickets will be sold for $24 and $19 in those sections, respectively. Season tickets in the Grandstand A section will sell for $228, while season tickets in the Grandstand B section will sell for just $168. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Reign FC website at www.ReignFC.com.
Reign FC has designated Seattle Public Schools as its Premier Community Partner. As a key component of this partnership Reign FC will be donating tickets to faculty members and parents of students in the District. In addition, Reign FC will provide tickets and memorabilia items that can be used to help raise money to fund District student athletic activities. Seattle Reign FC players and coaches will also visit with student athletes in an effort to inspire students, reinforce healthy behaviors and to serve as community role models.
The stadium’s namesake will be celebrated throughout the season by means of the league-wide partnership between the Army National Guard and the NWSL. The Army National Guard will have the opportunity to host a “Military Night” at a Reign FC match, during which Guard members will participate in the first kick and coin toss, and will also partake in a halftime presentation. The Army National Guard will also have an on-site presence at Reign FC games throughout the season and will receive in-stadium signage at nationally televised games as well as video and public address announcements to build awareness of the Army National Guard’s Grassroots Soccer program.