The metal-detection policy instituted before the Sounders game tonight went slowly enough where thousands of fans were missing as the game against D.C. United began.
"I don’t know what went wrong, but for sure we’re going to figure out what went wrong," general manager Adrian Hanauer said. "I think we probably need to start collecting some information first before we make huge statements about it. But if it was a problem – which it appears it was – we’re going to fix it. As one of the owners, we’re going to get it for sure dead-on right before we do it again if I have anything to do with it. Because anything that inconveniences our fans in a way that can be avoided is just not going to happen."
And that also was the first topic coach Sigi Schmid addressed in his postgame interview:
"First off, obviously we noticed that at the start of the game a lot of our fans hadn’t been able to get to our seats," he said. "We as a team always feel bad about that because we want our fans to be able to see every minute of every game. So I understand there was a little big of a hiccup and hopefully that will all be resolved as we move forward in the future, but we never want our fans to miss any parts of our games. As a team we want make sure that they know that we missed them at the beginning of the game."
After the game the Sounders also added this apology to their website:
We apologize for any inconvenience and delays in entering the stadium for tonight's match. We did not have adequate points of entry for wanding. We completely understand your frustration. Fan safety remains our highest priority and we promise to get this right. Thank you for your patience.
Finally, here's a tweet from goalkeeper Michael Gspurning:
Also a sorry from me to the fans who missed the beginning today. Fortunately Oba was nice waiting for you! ;-)