The Sounders' announcement that ticket sales for Saturday have surpassed 60,000 means a regular season MLS match featuring neither a July 4 fireworks show nor David Beckham will be one of the most well-attended professional sports matchups of the weekend.
Certainly, a lot of this has to do with it being the final home game for Kasey Keller. Still, it's a regular season matchup featuring no marquee European players. Yet, more people will watch it than some "marquee" events that will get attention in the first half of Sportscenter...The game will already feature more fans-in-seats than any postseason baseball game played this weekend. Busch Stadium seats about 46,000 and, if the series moves to Milwaukee on Sunday, Miller Park seats 41,900. Should Detroit manage to still be alive, its weekend matchup in Arlington, TX would be seen by 49,000 people in person.
The fun comes when you look at what could happen should the Sounders manage a sellout, or get within spitting distance.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will host Jacksonville on Sunday in front of just north of 65,000 people. The Bengals' home tilt vs. Indianapolis will also top out at 65,000.
So yes... this could be a weekend where an MLS regular season game boasts a larger attendance than a sold out NFL regular season game.
Even if that isn't achieved, I'd like to think this leads to opening up the top of Century Link more often in 2012. One would imagine that, priced properly, more than a few people would like to buy a multi-game upstairs package.