Already assured of selling out its first nine home games, Seattle Sounders FC has decided to increase the capacity of its Qwest Field seating configuration.
The team has announced it will open seating in the south end zone starting with the June 28 game against Colorado. That will increase capacity from just over 29,000 to about 32,000 - similar to the Sounders' inaugural game on March 19, when 32,523 saw them beat New York, 3-0.
The Sounders are the first team in MLS history to have 28,000 or more fans at five consecutive matches, and they already have sold all tickets available to the next four matches through June 28. But even though the new sections will open on that day, the June 28 game remains listed as a sellout because the additional seats will go to servicemen and women as part of a military tribute.
The additional seating will be available to the general public for the first time for the July 11 game against Houston.
The Sounders will use the entire stadium's capacity — 67,000 — by opening the upper decks for international friendlies July 18 against Chelsea and Aug. 5 against FC Barcelona.