Don’t have a ticket for MLS Cup but still want to feel like you’re part of the atmosphere? You’re in luck.
The Seattle Sounders apparently heard your pleas and made a public viewing happen. They’ll be hosting a watch party in Occidental Square, essentially as a continuation of the March to the Match festivities. The march, by the way, is scheduled to start at 10:45 AM, a bit earlier than normal for the 12:08 PM kickoff.
The Occidental Park rally will begin at 8 AM with a performance by Macklemore at 10 AM. The NINETY will open at 8:30 AM. CenturyLink Field will open its doors at 10 AM, and will host a “Soccer Celebration.”
- The eastbound lanes — going away from Seattle — on the 520 bridge will be closed all weekend.
- Tolling on the 99 Tunnel will also begin this weekend.
- A second Sounder postgame train has been added, meaning there will be one 45 minutes after the final whistle and another 60 minutes after the final whistle.
- Link light rail stops through downtown will be OPEN over the weekend after Sound Transit completed construction early and cancelled a previously planned closure.
- WSDOT has compiled a complete guide to transportation options and alerts around the region this weekend.
MLS Cup activities
- The 1,800-pound replica of the MLS Cup trophy will be available for viewing at Pike Place until 7 PM Friday. It moves to Westlake Park on Saturday and Sunday.
- Giant “MLS Cup” lettering is installed at Westlake Park.
- The City of Seattle is hosting a flag raising ceremony today at 9:30 AM at City Hall, where Mayor Jenny Durkan and Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey are hoisting a Sounders FC flag that is flying at City Hall through Sunday.
- The King County Administration Building is raising its Sounders FC flag today at noon and will fly it through Sunday, November 10. The flag raising is being hosted by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
- Earlier this week, the City of Tukwila presented Sounders FC with a proclamation from Mayor Allan Ekberg declaring Nov. 10, 2019 as “Seattle Sounders FC Spirit Day” in the city. Tukwila’s Starfire Sports has served as the club’s official training grounds since its beginning in MLS and even through part of its USL history.
- Chad Marshall and Brad Evans helped raise the Sounders flag at the top of the Space Needle this morning, apparently the first time that’s ever happened.
- The much-beloved Fremont Troll — a mixed-media public sculpture designed by artists Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead — shows his Sounders spirit as he dons a Troll-sized scarf on from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10. Fans are encouraged to stop by Troll’s Knoll Park for this one-of-a-kind Seattle photo op.
- The Pacific Science Center is flying a Sounders FC flag and its courtyard dinosaurs are dressing in Sounders FC scarves on Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10. In addition, PacSci is offering 20% off general admission Saturday through Monday for those wearing Sounders gear and mentioning “Go Sounders” at the ticketing window. On matchday, face painting is being provided from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PT.
- Starbucks will fly a specially crafted giant Sounders FC flag from its corporate headquarters in Sodo from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10.
- Delta Air Lines, the official airline of Sounders FC, is giving passengers at various gates both into and out of Sea-Tac cobranded rally towels so that fans can show their support of the club even while they are traveling.
- All Washington State Ferries vessels sailing into and out of Colman Dock on the Bainbridge and Bremerton routes from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 are flying Sounders FC flags. Earlier this week, the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy arrived in Seattle via ferry.
- Seattle Aquarium is displaying a Sounders FC flag within its Window on Washington Waters display. This 120,000-gallon exhibit features a 20×40 foot viewing window into the sea life of Washington’s outer coast, and from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10, the Sounders FC flag will spread team spirit even under the water.
- Woodland Park Zoo is flying a Sounders FC flag at its south entrance flagpole and will utilize Sounders FC soccer balls in enrichment activities for its penguins.
- Argosy Cruises, a Seattle waterfront staple, is flying a Sounders FC flag on its Harbor Cruise vessel, which takes customers on a tour of Elliott Bay with unique views of the city.
- Cinerama has traded its distinct red and blue for Rave Green and Sounder Blue, sharing a special Sounders FC message on its Fourth Avenue marquee through the weekend.
- Easy Street Records, a West Seattle institution, is supporting Sounders FC with a message on its distinctive marquee.
Lightings around town
- The Russell Investments Center, through building owner CommonWealth Partners, is set to light up the city’s waterfront. The building’s crown lighting will glow Rave Green from Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10, and the building will feature special Sounders FC-themed lighting on Saturday, November 9.
- The building is once again displaying the special ”Born In ‘74” lighting in tribute to year the Sounders were founded, complete with an 18-story “74” shining brightly in the windows along its west façade. The display should be fully visible roughly 40 minutes after sunset.
- T-Mobile is going Rave Green for Sounders FC on Saturday, November 9. Known for its distinctive magenta lighting that illuminates the company headquarters in Factoria, T-Mobile will show its support for the Sounders by trading magenta for Rave Green ahead of Sunday’s MLS Cup Final.
- The Seattle Mariners are supporting their neighbors by changing T-Mobile Park’s magenta lighting to Rave Green on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- In addition, as in earlier rounds of playoffs this season, the Mariners will dress the Ken Griffey Jr. statue in his Sounders FC jersey to lend extra support from a Seattle sports legend.
- Jonathan Borofsky’s Hammering Man, located in front of Seattle Art Museum at the corner of First Avenue and University Street, is throwing his support behind the hometown team on the evenings of Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, as he glows Rave Green.
- The Amazon Spheres in South Lake Union will go green this weekend to stand behind the hometown soccer team.
- MOHAI - The Museum of History & Industry - is scheduled to light up South Lake Union’s waterfront on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 as the institution’s building-front glows Rave Green in support of its hometown soccer team.
- CHI Franciscan will light its St. Joseph’s Medical Center Rave Green on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- The SR 520 bridge is scheduled to light its sentinels Rave Green from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10.
- The Allen Institute, founded by late Sounders FC co-owner and Seattle icon Paul Allen, will be lighted green on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- Columbia Center and its crown lighting will glow green in support of Sounders FC on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- The Seattle Great Wheel will light the waterfront Rave Green from Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9.
- CenturyLink Field and its distinctive arches will be lit Rave Green from Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10.
- The Hyatt at Olive 8 is lighting its rooftop green from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10 in support of Sounders FC.
- The W Hotel will turn its lights Rave Green to support Sounders FC on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- The Westin is going green with its building lights on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
- Washington State Convention Center provides a Rave Green glow downtown on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.