Despite reports that season-ticket sales were lagging, the Seattle Sounders are saying they are actually on pace to equal the 32,000 base they had last year. Gary Wright, Sounders VP of business operations, said sales are going well and indicated there's no reason to expect much change in attendance from their MLS record-setting performance of a year ago.
"We've done well with renewals and had a solid waiting list," Wright said. He also seemed to suggest that the waiting list was not exhausted and that a waiting list still exists.
As we detailed earlier in the off-season, season-ticket sales were not strong enough to prompt the Sounders to open the Hawks Nest, which would have added about 3,000 seats to the current capacity of about 36,000. Wright has previously said there are currently no plans to open the Hawks Nest this season.
The Sounders have started selling partial-season ticket packages, which Wright said they also offered last year. There are two different eight-game packages that are either $376 or $256 depending on the seats' locations. All of the available seats are in the 300 sections of the stadium.