Before heading to the Seattle Sounders FC versus Portland Timbers rivalry match this summer, my husband and I allowed plenty of time in order to stop by the Seattle Southside Visitor Center for some advice about dining options in Downtown Seattle. After a brief visit with the concierges, we headed over to the Tukwila International Boulevard Station in order to catch the Central Link light rail into Downtown Seattle. We bypassed the Stadium Station and got off at the University Street Station so as to eat further away from CenturyLink Field and the large crowd of fans in that area.
From there, we ventured down towards Pike Place Market in order to dine at the infamous Pike Seattle Brewing Co. They offer a wide selection of local brews and fresh, unique pub-style food. We both settled on their scrumptious “Broken Arrow Burger” and an ale of our choice. If you like coffee and chocolate notes, I’d recommend their “Pike XXXXX-Etra Stout”!
After fueling up for the match, we proceeded on towards CenturyLink Field via the Link light rail and this time we got off at the convenient Stadium stop. There were many other fans with the same idea and we were surrounded by a ‘sea’ of green as we made our way to the stadium. The atmosphere was already electrifying by the contagious excitement of all the Sounders fans.
Upon entering CenturyLink Field, I was astounded by the sight of such a high volume of fans! Everyone was chanting and doing the traditional “boom-boom-clap” prior to the kick-off. We came prepared with our scarves because they are definitely staple pieces of fan gear at any soccer match! Among the other 67,000 plus fans in attendance, we joined in with our scarves raised sky-high at the start of the match.
Even though the Sounders didn’t score their match-winning goal until the second half, the match was consistently entertaining and cheer-worthy. It was a thrill alone to be able to see Clint Dempsey play in his home debut game, which just so happened to be the Cascadia Cup! All of the excitement made for one great date night that we couldn’t have planned out better if we tried.
Overall, the match was magical with the Sounders' victory plus the attendance totaling 67,385!! This is Seattle’s new record high for crowd attendance at a soccer match and is now the third most attended soccer match in the whole world!
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