SEATTLE - The Seattle Sounders today Monday that tickets are now on sale for the team's five full-capacity matches at CenturyLink Field in 2016, including four clashes against Western Conference rivals, as well as New York City FC’s first-ever visit to Seattle.
Additional upper-deck seating in the 300-level is being made available for games against NYCFC (June 25), LA Galaxy (July 31), Portland Timbers (Aug. 21), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Sept. 17) and Real Salt Lake (Oct. 23). Single-match tickets for these contests are also available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) MLS-GOAL.
Starting at $25 per seat, the five-match pack includes tickets to each of the full-stadium fixtures for the best possible value.
“Sounders FC fans are the heartbeat of our club, and each season our full-stadium matches provide an unparalleled home-field advantage in MLS,” Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer said. “We look forward to these matches every year, and we’re excited to host our traditional Western Conference rivals once again, in addition to New York City FC for the first time.”
Since entering Major League soccer in 2009, the Rave Green and their fans have led MLS in single-season attendance season and hold an active streak of 129 consecutive MLS sellouts, a league record. In its inaugural campaign, the Sounders set a then-MLS average attendance record of 30,897 at CenturyLink Field. Attendance within the stadium has grown with the addition of full stadium fixtures, resulting in average attendance marks of more than 43,000 fans per home match in each of the past four seasons, including a current-MLS record of 44,247 set in 2015.
The Sounders have proven to be a dominant host when playing in front of larger crowds on its home turf. With crowds surpassing 45,000 or more, the Sounders hold a record of 15-2-3, including postseason play. Of the five opponents the Sounders are set to face in this year's full-stadium games, Vancouver is the only one to record a win on the big stage at CenturyLink Field (2-2-0). Portland (0-4-0), LA (0-3-2) and Real Salt Lake (0-2-0) are all winless in Seattle in front of 45,000 or more, while NYCFC is set to play its first match on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
At the end of last season, the Sounders ranked 28th in global average attendance amongst the world's top-tier professional clubs (44,247), including the second-highest mark in the Americas. At its current configuration, CenturyLink Field's MLS capacity allows for 39,419 patrons after an expansion to select areas of the 300-level prior to the 2016 season.