Sounders Insider

FC expands Qwest seating, still sells out opener

Just hours after putting single-game tickets on sale this morning, Seattle Sounders FC announced that its inaugural home opener on March 19 against the New York Red Bulls had sold out.

It sold out despite the Sounders' decision to expand the Quest Field seating configuration even beyond what was previously announced to 32,400.

"When we started this process 15 months ago, our goal was to successfully bring the world's game to the people of Seattle," Sounders FC Owner Joe Roth said through an FC press release. "Because of this region's passion and the overwhelming support for the Sounders FC, we wanted even more fans to experience our historic opening match in March."

The seating configuration for regular season matches will be increased from the previously announced 24,500 to 27,700 seats, making it one of the larger venues in Major League Soccer.

The Sounders have sold more than 20,000 season tickets and have announced they will cap season tickets at 22,000.

"This community once again showed why Seattle has the best fans in the country," Vulcan Sports and Entertainment CEO Tod Leiweke said through the press release. "The demand for tickets has exceeded our expectations, and the seating expansion to 27,700 will allow more fans to join us without jeopardizing the intimacy of the stadium."

Additional information is available at the Web site.