USA Today – The Seattle MLS team has already sold out CenturyLink Field for Clint Dempsey’s first home game on August 25, with 66,000+ tickets sold. This will be the second-largest crowd ever for an MLS game. A crowd of 69,225 saw a game between the L.A. Galaxy and the NY/NJ Metrostars in 1996. It won’t be easy to snag seats, either. Prices for tickets on Ticketmaster have already gone over $2800. Again, this game is nearly three weeks away, and things are just getting started here.
Already regarded as one of the top MLS fanbases in the league (average attendance per game was 43,000 and the closest team to that, the LA Galaxy, was 23,000) the hometown team has something to cheer for even more, American goal-scorer Clint Dempsey. Dempsey, who holds the record for most goals scored in the Premiership for an American, made the dramatic transition to leave the super-teams in Europe and come play for Major League Soccer. It’s being regarded as an even bigger deal then when David Beckham came over because Dempsey is only 30 years old, he has a lot left in the tank, and he’s going to be the face of the US Team in Rio next year. So what does this mean for Seattle Fans and ticket consumers? It likely means the price is going to go up.
Only 4 MLS teams have home stadiums that have a capacity over 45,000.
New England Revolution- 68,765
Seattle Sounders FC – 67,000
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 54,320
DC United – 45,423
Which can make it difficult to have higher ticket prices if they aren’t selling out. The 15 other teams’ stadiums have an average capacity of just 20,778. But Sounders fans have shown they are soccer crazy. So this means that for the game on August 25th the secondary market should be electric. Everyone is going to want to see Dempsey’s re-introduction to MLS (he was previously with the New England Revolution). And even though the Sounders play in the same stadium as the Seahawks, it hasn’t deterred their fans from selling out the game.