The Sounders have put out a warning that fans will see significant construction activity as they arrive at Qwest Field for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday match against the Kansas City Wizard.
The problem -- and I can confirm this from my drive to practice yesterday -- is on South Royal Brougham Way (the street between Safeco Field and the Qwest Events Center. Fans should avoid that unless they are parking in the Qwest Event Center Garage. The only access for those parking in the garage is a single lane one lane available from Fourth Avenue South.
Pedestrian access on South Royal Brougham Way will be open, but might be limited to a single sidewalk. Clearly marked pedestrian detours are promised.
The suffering now should pay off later, as crews are building a bridge over the railroad tracks on Royal Brougham Way. Bridge construction will require narrowing the street to one lane in each direction between Occidental Avenue S. and Fourth Avenue S. during major events and closing the street to through traffic at all other times until early spring 2010.
The Sounders news release encourages fans to take these steps:
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Allow extra time.
Carpool or use transit.
Try parking downtown and taking the bus to the stadium.
Know before you go:
Check the SR 519 Web site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr519/.