However, general manager Adrian Hanauer said today that the club has not decided if it will increase its normal regular-season capacity for the playoffs.
“I think we’re going to sort of gauge demand,” he said. “If we sold out the current capacity immediately I have the feeling we would probably open up more. But we don’t want to open up a piece of the stadium and not have it filled in appropriately.”
Last season, am MLS Conference Semifinal-record crowd of 35,807 turned out for the Sounders’ lone playoff game at Qwest.
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This season, the club set an MLS record with an average home attendance of 36,173.
Hanauer also was asked if he thinks' David Beckham's first Qwest Field appearance against the Sounders might bump attendance.
"I think that our 32,000 season-ticker holders are pretty focused on us just beating them," he said. "But there certainly is an element of glitz, a flash that comes in when you get guy like David Beckham – and Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle and some of their quality coming into the stadium. So I don’t know how much we’ll use that or whether there will be any marketing around that. But I imagine there will be some people one the fense and now that Beckham is coming they’re going to make sure that they’re in the stadium."