Sounders Owner Joe Roth Eyes Hawks Nest for Expansion

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 02: Fans of the Seattle Sounders FC cheer during the game against Toronto FC on October 2 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. The Sounders defeated Toronto 3-2.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

For as long as soccer has been played at Qwest Field, fans have surely been wondering why one section in particular has never been regularly opened for matches. It's perched relatively high above the pitch at a steep angle that would seem to be almost perfect for watching. It also has the added benefit of being on the opposite end of the field as the current supporters' section and would seem to have the potential to create an even greater experience.

I am, of course, talking about the Hawks Nest.

If Sounders owner Joe Roth gets his wish, it appears as if that section may finally be opened to Sounders fans on a regular basis.

"I’ll be surprised and disappointed next year if we don’t, at least, take over the Hawks Nest and get our manifest up to 39,000," Roth told SoundersFC.com reporter Matt Gaschk.

The article is mainly about the Sounders' place on the global soccer attendance pecking order. Roth is hoping to see the Sounders in top 30 worldwide next year after cracking the top 40 this season as they again broke the MLS record with an average attendance of more than 36,000.

The seats in the Hawks Nest are aluminum and not really ideal for sitting, making it a prime location for a second supporters' section. Certainly would seem to be a perfect fit to me. 

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