Soccer Business Bits: Seats in Seattle, Union at the Linc & More

soundersRunning around a bit, so just some quick notes…Already smashing attendance records in their inagural season, Seattle seems close to opening up even more seats in 2010.  Seattle is reporting a waiting list of at least 6,000 in addition to their 30,700 average.  According to team president Adrian Hanauer, existing season ticket holders are renewal at an extremely high rate and requesting additional tickets.  According to the article, the team is again considering offering an 18 game plan for its fans that will include 15 MLS matches and other high profile matches like the Barca game this year.  The article also touches on some interesting topics, including grass at Qwest, World Cup Break and more.

Today is the day MLS announces its schedule of home openers for 2010.  In advance of that announcement, multiple sources are reporting that Philadelphia will indeed open its season at the Linc.  As we have repeatedly said, we think this is a bad idea for the League and Union. Better to wait for the stadium in Chester to be ready, rather than have a mediocre opening at a football stadium.

One final note; the Rapids’ Wednesday night game against San Jose is the annual Oktoberfest. The event includes beer, music, dancing and more events in the two hours prior to the game.  During the game, hot dogs are only $1.