The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council has announced "that the three Cascadia clubs have increased the ticket allocation to away supporters and fans for the 2012 matches that will determine the winner of the Cascadia Cup."
The deal would raise the number to 800, up from 500 last season.
According to the group:
"As a result of that resolution, and of the hard work put in by the various supporter groups of the Sounders, Whitecaps, and Timbers, the Cascadia clubs have agreed to increase the ticket allotment to visiting fans and supporters to a minimum of 800."
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“The Cascadia matches were a smashing success last year; I know that Seattle supporters were properly treated, safe, and secure at our matches in Portland and Vancouver last year," Alliance Council president Paul Cox, said in a press release. "The sights and sounds of supporters chants and songs echoed through the stadiums, and security was great for both the home side’s fans, as well as our folks. The fact that there were no arrests speaks volumes about the traveling support.
“The Council felt very strongly that with such a record of success, the clubs should increase the ticket allocation, and we are delighted that they have chosen to do so for 2012. People had a great time at the matches and the presence of away support is a vital part of the game day experience for everyone.”
The council added that "the distribution of tickets among Seattle fans and supporters will include an allocation of 74 tickets to non-supporter group members via a random lottery system. This number is a respectful nod to the Sounders history (the first Sounders season was in 1974). Details on the lottery will be announced in conjunction with the Club in the near future."
As of this morning, Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer wasn't quite ready to confirm the ticket-allotment issue as settled.
"We’re trying to get some more seats for our fans, and consequently there would probably be more seats for away fans as well," he said. "But I don’t have any specifics right now."
He said that the number of tickets allotted specifically to supporters groups would be the same in all three venues. However, he acknowledge that the varied sizes of CenturyLink Field, BC Place and Jeld-Wen Field, will have implications on the availability of tickets through other sources.
The size of the disparity could depend on whether the Sounders choose to open the upper deck all the way up to a maximum capacity of around 65,000.
"Not quite commenting on it yet," Hanauer said.
Full statement from the Aliance Council here.