With all of our talk about the Sounders FC jersey and jersey sponsor, I don’t think we’ve discussed this, an artists conception of the home pitch, with 40,000 seats covered, in effect, with a billboard. However, in fairness, a pretty cool-looking billboard.
I’ve been to a few of the soccer-specific stadiums — Columbus, Dallas and L.A. — and I love them. However, I also think that Qwest can be a very good MLS home, and I think the idea of covering the seats is a good one.
And probably better than the New England Revolution’s NFL-styled home, which I carefully studied on TV today. Unlike the Qwest configuration, Gillette Stadium blocked off some of the lower end zone, and that created a very notable and ugly sea of blue. And there’s a large gap in the other end zone, also working against an intimate atmosphere. And finally — and also unlike the Qwest configuration — Gillette sells some seats in a middle section that is above the lower bowl, but below the upper deck. Once again, the effect was to spread out the fans and diluting the shoulder-to-shoulder in-stadium intensity.
(And speaking of Qwest, I noticed at the FC-Xbox event Wendesday that a real grass field has been brought in for the Brazil-Canada game on Saturday. And while real grass is nice, there were some notable brown spots dotting this one.)