Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is Soccer Central on Sunday

On Sounders FC match days, Seattle’s Pioneer Square is as eventful an area as you will find in professional soccer. The March to the Match has become a staple in the club’s lore, ripe with the jubilance of the Emerald City Supporters and the pep of Soundwave, and bolstered by the MLS-record crowds that converge on CenturyLink Field.

On Sunday, that spectacle will be heightened by two major events as Germany meets Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final and Sounders FC hosts the Portland Timbers at 7 pm with CenturyLink Field expanded to full capacity. Pioneer Square will serve as a central hub for both matches, with viewing parties throughout the area and pre-match festivities bustling in Occidental Park.

Sounders FC, in partnership with Special Olympics, will host a live outdoor viewing party at Occidental Park for the World Cup Final. The free event that will start at 11 am, one hour before kick off between Germany and Argentina. The match will be shown on a 25x14 LED Wall and the event will feature food from The Met Grill, a beer garden and a family-friendly viewing area. Proceeds from the beer garden will benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Fans are then encouraged to stick around in Occidental Park for a performance by J Roddy Walston and the Business following the final.

Things will quickly shift from World Cup postgame to Sounders FC pregame. The band Painted Palms will take the stage, along with appearances from special guests Ross Fletcher and 40th Anniversary honoree Roger Levesque until marching to the stadium at 6 pm to the pulse of the chants of the Emerald City Supporters.

In addition to the Sounders FC events, Pioneer Square will also house an event for ECS, with the annual Brougham Block Party at Fuel Sports Bar. While Sounders FC’s event in Occidental Park is all-ages, the Block Party is a 21-and-over event.

The beer garden opens at 2 pm, but the bar inside will be open at 11 am for the World Cup final.

Tickets are still available for the full-capacity match at CenturyLink Field by visiting or calling 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 5-match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field. The pack includes tickets to regular season matches against the Timbers (Sunday), the Houston Dynamo (August 10), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (October 10) and the LA Galaxy (October 25), as well as the international friendly against Tottenham Hotspur on July 19.