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What’s an MLS Cup Final ticket worth to you?

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We explore just how expensive the Sounders’ first chance to play MLS Cup at home really is.

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Max Aquino

You’re reading this website, which means that you probably know that as soon as tickets to the MLS Cup Final became available to season ticket holders and ECS members, they started showing up on the secondary market. As tickets sold out, first during the presale for those particular individuals, then later during the public sale, the prices on tickets available from resellers fluctuated. The prices have stabilized, and while it’s still going to cost you a pretty penny just to get in the door if you don’t already have a ticket, they’re actually less outrageously marked up than they were a couple of days ago.

If you’re still without a ticket and weighing the cost, it might be helpful to know what that money could buy you. You have a few options when it comes to tickets and prices, so I’ve taken the liberty at covering all of your options.

$300 to watch from the 300-level

Let’s say you just want to be there, and you don’t care where you sit. The good news is that views from the upper bowl are actually pretty good. The bad news is that tickets are still going to cost you just under $300 all the way at the tippy-top of CenturyLink Field. You know what else you could do with that $300? You could:

  • Buy one replica jersey from each of Tacoma Defiance, Reign FC and the Sounders, and you’d still have a little left.
  • Hopefully replicate Raúl Ruidíaz’s scoring prowess by getting a pair of the same cleats he wears.
  • There’s some flex in total price given fees and taxes, so you could probably pay the same amount and get one of each print available on Stefan Frei’s website.
  • You could buy one of each item of Nos Audietis merch, and one of each BreakingT Sounders shirt.
  • You could have a three-course meal for two (no drinks included) at Canlis to hopefully celebrate an MLS Cup victory.
  • For a more casual victory, you could buy 100 victory dogs for your friends from one of the vendors outside of the stadium selling 2 for $6 hot dogs.
  • Depending on your situation, it might be wiser to get yourself a car. Maybe this 1990 Cadillac DeVille?

$500 gets you into the lower bowl

Just being in the stadium isn’t good enough, and I get that. You want to be close enough to feel the atmosphere, but that’s going to cost you a little bit more. Rather than going to the game, you could watch it on TV and spend $500 on:

  • A Burberry dopp kit that would certainly land you in the next edition of Match Fitness.
  • Almost six pounds of Jamon Iberico from DeLaurenti in Pike Place Market.
  • Jamon Iberico might be too bougie for you. Remember those victory dogs? You could get 166 of them.
  • Maybe you need a ride, but that Cadi just doesn’t do it for you. Might I interest you in this 1995 Mercury Villager?

$2,500 is a price that a few people are asking for

I don’t know your life, but there are a few people asking $2,500 for tickets, and maybe you’ve got more money than sense. Maybe these are the only tickets left and you want to be there? Allow me to draw your attention to some other things that you could use that money on:

  • You wouldn’t be able to get the same bag as Frei, but I’m sure he would approve of this duffel.
  • You’ve got the money, but you don’t need a bag, and Megan Rapinoe’s your style icon. You could almost get a pair of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1s that she bought on Sneaker Shopping. What’s $150 between friends?
  • Back to those hot dogs! You could buy 832 hot dogs from those vendors! That’s a lot of hot dogs!
  • Okay, maybe you need a ride that’s going to look a little better pulling up to work. You like your cars German, and you like a little zip? You should meet this 2005 VW Golf TDI.
  • That’s probably a month or two worth of rent money. That might be the best use for that $2500.

It’s your money, do what you want with it. It sucks that there are folks out there who are using the Sounders hosting the final as an opportunity to make some money and screw some (presumably) fellow fans over in the process. $300 is a lot of money to spend on something for most people, but in the greater scheme of sports finals it’s not an entirely outrageous price to pay. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck that someone’s selling tickets for double or triple their face value, but it’s at least within the realm of prices you might expect to pay to go to a big event. $2500 is ridiculous, and the people asking that much should be used instead of the cardboard cut-out of a car for half-time entertainment where people kick soccer balls at them in the hopes of winning a prize.

Whatever you paid for your tickets, if you’re going to be there on Sunday, you may get to be a part of Sounders history. That’s a tough thing to put a price on.