Seattle Sounders FC have finalized a 10-year extension of their lease to play at CenturyLink Field, keeping the team in SoDo through 2028, the team and First and Goal Inc. announced Monday.
"CenturyLink Field has been home to many of our club's most important achievements, including last season's Supporters' Shield-clinching win and back-to-back Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victories in 2010 and 2011," owner Adrian Hanauer said. "We are proud to call the venue home, and we look forward to many more milestones and victories in front of our passionate and loyal fans."
Despite some scheduling conflicts inherent in sharing a stadium with an NFL team and disagreement with the Seahawks about the replacement schedule for the FieldTurf, the Sounders are locking in their tenancy in the 13-year-old shared facility through the 2028 Major League Soccer season. No details were released about any compromise to resolve the turf conflict in the coming years, but specifics should be available soon.
"Sounders FC have been wonderful partners and have established themselves as the standard in Major League Soccer," said Seahawks and First & Goal President Peter McLoughlin. "CenturyLink Field is a world-class facility which helps create a great environment to watch soccer."
There were rumors in the offseason that Garth Lagerwey's arrival would free up Adrian Hanauer to search for a new soccer-specific stadium. We even had some fun imagining some alternatives for a home for the Sounders, from the plausible to the outlandish. And though there are a variety of opinions on the home pitch, the Sounders have successfully used the massive capacity of the CLink to steadily increase home attendance and break their own records year after year.