66,800 tickets have been sold.
Tickets for the Seattle Sounders’ home game against the Portland Timbers on the 25th of August are sold out, with 66,800 having been sold.
Sounders vs. Portland on August 25th is sold out. Scattered singles only available. 66,800 sold. Warned you yesterday, didn’t we?
— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) August 6, 2013
The CenturyLink Field has a capacity of 67,000, and will be packed to the rafters in what will beat the second all-time largest standalone crowd in league history, 66,452 for the Seattle v Portland match last October.
The rivalry between the two teams goes some way to explaining the sell-out crowd, but Dempsey’s arrival in MLS has also made a difference, as the Sounders said that they sold 6,000 more tickets for the home contest after his arrival.
Fans who missed out on buying tickets will be able to buy them on the second hand ticket market, but at quite a price.
— Brendan Vaughn (@bmvaughn) August 6, 2013
Dempsey has been taken ill after his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur and missed his first training session, but still remains a possibility for the game at Toronto FC this Saturday, although coach Sigi Schmid says he will be unlikely to play the whole game.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and where his recovery is,” Schmid told reporters at Tuesday’s training session. “We’re still a long way away from Saturday. We’ll see how he feels at the end of the day. The likelihood of him going 90 minutes on Saturday is very small. Whether that’s starting and coming off or coming on as a sub, we’ll have to see.”
The Sounders play Toronto FC on Saturday, 7.00pm EDT at the BMO Field.