Once it became clear that the Seattle Reign were not going to be able to host the NWSL final at Memorial Stadium, they set about looking for alternatives. One of those alternatives was playing a double-header with the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 30, Reign owner Bill Predmore told Sounder at Heart.
The plan, according to Predmore, would have been for the Sounders to play their already scheduled 1 p.m. game, for the stands to be cleared out and then for fans to be allowed to re-enter as a separate event for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Although the plan was endorsed by the Sounders, Predmore said the NWSL would not approve the change as ESPN2 did not have an open time slot. Predmore said he appealed as high as U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, but was rebuffed.
The Reign also explored the possibility of having the game the following day, but CenturyLink Field officials claimed they needed to start getting the stadium ready for the NFL Opener between the Seahawks and Packers on Sept. 4.
Despite the setback, Predmore also insisted the Reign were excited about the possibility of hosting the NWSL final at Starfire Sports Complex on Aug. 31.
"We think it can provide a great home-field advantage," Predmore said.
The conversation about the double-header may have also opened the door for future collaboration with the Sounders.
"Under the right set of circumstances, I think there's enough interest on both sides to try to look into something," Predmore said.