RENTON, Wash. - Sounders FC encourage fans attending Sunday's match versus the Portland Timbers to plan ahead and arrive well in advance of kickoff to ensure smooth access into the stadium as handheld metal detectors will be utilized at all gates. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and first kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. More than 66,500 tickets have been distributed for the match, the largest crowd in MLS this season.
Fans will be asked to remove all metal from their pockets and hold the items in their hands as the screening is conducted, including coins, keys and cell phones. Fans are encouraged to give themselves enough time to pass through security. The 30-minute period leading up to kickoff is the busiest time frame at all security screening points.
There are plenty of transportation options for fans to access CenturyLink Field including Sounder trains which will operate one trip from the north and one trip from the south. Visit the team's transportation guide at http://www.soundersfc.com/matchday/transportation/guide.aspx.
March to the Match activities begin at 5:15 p.m. at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square. Sound Wave and Crème Tangerine, a Seattle cover band, will perform. In addition, the first 500 fans to present their ticket or MatchPass in Occidental Park will receive a free T-shirt, provided by ROOT SPORTS.
Fans will be able to enjoy $5 domestic beers and $6 craft pints at all concession stands from the time gates open until 30 minutes before kickoff.
Sounders FC has created a tagboard to feature fan photos around the match. Fans are invited to share their photos by utilizing the designated hashtag #SEAvPOR.