Emerald City Supporters are already among the biggest and best supporters groups in MLS. In 2012, they will be even bigger and better.
ECS has seen their gameday presence grow each of the Seattle Sounders' first three years in MLS. During the group's end of year business meeting on Saturday, ECS Co-President Greg Mokos revealed several changes for the 2012 season that will take their gameday presence to a whole new level.
Chief among the changes are ECS formally expanding into the upper sections of 121-123. Making that expansion possible is the sale of about 300 more tickets to ECS members in what will now be called the "Supporters Section." The section that was formerly called simply "general admission" will now have a name that formalizes supporters' presence there. Those sections will remain assigned seating and no season-ticket holders have been forced to move. Those 300 tickets used to be reserved for gameday sales and ECS members were given priority to purchase them.
To help coordinate with those upper sections, ECS also has plans to significantly expand their use of capos. Two capos will now be given spots in the camera wells in front of sections 121 and 123 and a third capo will have some kind of mobile stand.
Mockos also said ECS has now sold more than 3,400 unique memberships since 2008. A unique member was defined as someone who has purchased a membership at least once. That makes them one of the biggest in MLS and possibly the biggest among groups that have paid membership. To help grow even bigger, ECS will be selling memberships at CenturyLink Field for the first time.