Early indications are that Seattle Sounders FC’s streak of sold-out games will extend into the postseason.
“It is our intention that it’s going to be a packed house like it has been all year,” general manager Adrian Hanauer said today. “It’s going well. … And certainly after (clinching our playoff berth on Saturday) it’s going faster because I think that now that they know we’re in the playoffs people feel like it’s time to commit. We anticipate a high percentage of our season-ticket holders to buy playoff tickets, and we also expect strong demand once we go on sale to the public. We have no reason to believe it won’t be a packed house, but we won’t know until all the tickets are gone.”
Sellouts aren’t really all that common in the MLS postseason. In fact, average attendance was higher in the 2008 regular season (16,460) than in the 10 playoff games (15,437; not counting MLS Cup, which is played at a neutral site).
Last season’s playoff crowds ranged from a high of 30,053 for a Houston game at Reliant Stadium to a pathetic 5,221 for a New England game at Gillette Stadium.
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The Sounders lead MLS with an average attendance of 30,739. They are expected to set a league attendance record Saturday when they conclude their regular season with a 15th straight sellout crowd at Qwest Field.
Hanauer said the club plans to keep the current Qwest Field seating configuration in effect for this postseason.
The club made playoff tickets available to season-ticket holders last week, and tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Here's more on all of this from today's paper.