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Sounders average attendance up to 43,755

The crowd of 66,452 that turned out for the Sounders-Timbers match Sunday at CenturyLink raised Seattle’s club-record/MLS-record home attendance average to 43,755.

Montreal is second in MLS with an average of 22,945.

The league average is 18,655.

The current Sounders/MLS record for average attendance is 38,498, set last season.


Council announces 800 Cascadia away tickets

The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council has announced “that the three Cascadia clubs have increased the ticket allocation to away supporters and fans for the 2012 matches that will determine the winner of the Cascadia Cup.”

The deal would raise the number to 800, up from 500 last season.

According to the group:

“As a result of that resolution, and of the hard work put in by the various supporter groups of the Sounders, Whitecaps, and Timbers, the Cascadia clubs have agreed to increase the ticket allotment to visiting fans and supporters to a minimum of 800.”

“The Cascadia matches were a smashing success last year; I know that Seattle supporters were properly treated, safe, and secure at our matches in Portland and Vancouver last year,” Alliance Council president Paul Cox, said in a press release. “The sights and sounds of supporters chants and songs echoed through the stadiums, and security was great for both the home side’s fans, as well as our folks. The fact that there were no arrests speaks volumes about the traveling support.

“The Council felt very strongly that with such a record of success, the clubs should increase the ticket allocation, and we are delighted that they have chosen to do so for 2012. People had a great time at the matches and the presence of away support is a vital part of the game day experience for everyone.”

The council added that “the distribution of tickets among Seattle fans and supporters will include an allocation of 74 tickets to non-supporter group members via a random lottery system. This number is a respectful nod to the Sounders history (the first Sounders season was in 1974). Details on the lottery will be announced in conjunction with the Club in the near future.”

As of this morning, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer wasn’t quite ready to confirm the ticket-allotment issue as settled.

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Sounders on pace for eighth-largest MLS playoff crowd?

The Sounders say they are down to “a limited number” of tickets remaining for their Wednesday match with Real Salt Lake. “Limited” isn’t all that precise a term, but if they fill their normal seating capacity of around 36,000 that would represent the eighth-largest playoff crowd in MLS history.

Here’s the list and some additional info from the club:

The two largest crowds for MLS Cup Conference Semifinals or Finals have been produced by Sounders FC fans. However, there might be room for more. In 2009 Seattle attracted 35,807 for its first postseason match and last year, despite playing on

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RSL ticket sales at 15,000; ‘optimistic for sellout’

Officials with Real Salt Lake say they have sold about 15,000 tickets for their playoff-opening match against Sounders FC on Saturday.

However, the club says that is “good for 72 hours out.” Apparently, Salt Lake is known for late ticket purchases and that club officials are “optimistic for a sellout.” The seating capacity at Rio Tinto Stadium is 20,213.

Some of those in attendance are expected to make it a double-header, as the University of Utah plays Oregon State three hours before the RSL kickoff.

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Sounders might let ticket demand exceed supply

Tickets for the Sounders’ Nov. 2 home playoff game against Real Salt Lake went on sale this morning.

Speaking with the media this morning, general manager Adrian Hanauer sounded confident that at least the normal capacity of 36,000 or so will be filled … but less certain that the organization will increase capacity to accommodate anything more than that.

“We’ve had really cursory discussions,” he said. “We’ll see how the public on-sale goes today. But I think we lean toward wherever possible giving our season-ticket holders reason to be season ticket holders. I have very few doubts that demand will

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Sounders hope to build attendance from last night; Hawks Nest might be part of seating solution


Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer was at Sounders training this morning, so we got a few minutes to talk to him about the crowd of 64,140 at CenturyLink last night, which is unofficially being called the fourth-biggest soccer crowd on the planet yesterday.

“I guess we need a bigger stadium,” he said. “It’s obviously just amazing and continues to amaze all of us. I think probably not only people involved with the club or are extremely connected to soccer, but I think the entire community and sports world continues to be amazed about what this team has meant to the community, and I think it’s reflected in all the fans who are coming out and participating.

On whether the Hawks Nest might be opened next season:
It’s a somewhat complicated issue that involves our good partners at Xbox and Microsoft. But they realize that the best thing for us is to continue to have a full stadium and the best atmosphere possible. We’ve had conversations about the Hawks Nest area, and it’s certainly something that we’re working towards. But nothing is determined yet. And we want to make sure that Read more »


Sounders crowd adjusts Seattle/MLS top 10 lists

Here’s where last night’s CenturyLink crowd of 64,140 fits in among the largest soccer crowds in Seattle and Major League Soccer history:

Seattle Top 10 attendances
67,052 Sounders FC v Manchester United (7/20/2011)
66,848 Sounders FC v Barcelona (8/5/2009)
66,830 Real Madrid v DC United (8/9/2006)
66,722 Manchester United v Celtic (7/22/2003)
65,289 Sounders FC v Chelsea (7/18/2009)
64,140 Sounders FC v San Jose (10/15/2011)
58,218 NASL Sounders v New York (4/9/1976)
56,416 Mexico v China (4/16/2008)
56,256 NASL Sounders v Los Angeles (8/25/1977)
50,305 Mexico v Ecuador (5/28/2011)

MLS Top 10 single-game attendances*
69,255 L.A. Galaxy v NY/NJ MetroStars (4/13/1996)
66,237 New York Red Bulls v L.A. Galaxy (8/18/2007)
64,140 Sounders FC v San Jose (10/15/2011)
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