This Sunday is Matchday at CenturyLink Field with the Seattle Sounders FC taking on Sporting Kansas City to start the MLS season. If you’ve ever been to a Sounders match at CenturyLink, you'd know how big soccer is in this city. With stars like Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans, the team is always in playoff contention and continues to break attendance records for the sport in the United States. You might think Seattle is a major football city with the Seahawks (this is true), but with the Seattle Sounders FC, it’s also a fùtbol city.
With that being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of Matchday:
1. Bundle Up
Especially at the beginning of the season, you’re going to want to wear layers. Hats, scarves, thick jackets, thermal shirts/pants and warm socks should do the trick. Of course, you can buy things like scarves or hats at the stadium for a pretty penny. You’re also going to want to wear comfortable shoes for tip number three…
2. Take the Link Light Rail to the Stadium
This is the best way to get there. Park at the Seattle Southside Visitor Center in SeaTac and hop on the Link Light Rail. The trip takes about 30 minutes and the roundtrip ticket costs about $5. On Matchday, parking around the stadium can be as expensive as $30-50 per car. The Light Rail is the only way to go.
3. Be Ready to Stand
If you’ve never been to a match at CenturyLink, you might not know this. The majority of the fans in the stadium spend the entire match standing. That’s why you’re going to want to wear comfortable shoes.
4. Plan to Eat Before or After
Stadium food is great, but again, you’re going to be standing the entire match. There’s really not a good time to go stand in line and pay too much for a hot dog. You can always grab a bite to eat at Pyramid Alehouse or Elysian Fields right by the stadium after the game.
5. Reserve a Room
Especially for visitors, or for those matches with 7:00pm start times. Seattle Southside has plenty of great hotels right by the Link Light Rail. I recommend the Hilton Seattle Airport or the Crowne Plaza for easy access to the light rail, high-quality rooms and great rates.
Well, there you have it. Watching the Sounders play live is a unique, international experience that takes place right here, in Downtown Seattle. If you’ve ever wanted to see what all the fuss was about, then I recommend checking out Matchday on Sunday! Once you go, you’ll know.