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Sounders, Reign returning to full capacity in July

Move is in line with state guidelines but ahead of previous plans.

Real Salt Lake v Seattle Sounders FC Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

With Washington set to fully reopen at the end of this month, the Seattle Sounders have decided it’s time to open Lumen Field to everyone, with no restrictions. OL Reign will do the same at Cheney Stadium.

Seattle Sounders plans

Having proceeded with a phased approach to fans attending games thus far — and with no apparent hiccups — starting July 7, fans who attend matches can do so in the same way they did before Covid-19 became a household name. That means no proof of vaccination, no social distancing and no masks. For children ages 5-15, the team will no longer require proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

“As our state prepares to fully reopen at the end of the month, we’re excited to share that Sounders FC and Lumen Field are following this guidance and likewise moving to fully open our home matches starting in July,” said Sounders FC Owner & President of Business Operations Peter Tomozawa in a release. “It took a great amount of work from Washingtonians across the state to get to this point, and I want to thank our fans and community for doing their part. While we are glad to be able to take this next step forward, we continue to encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to do so.”

The announcement means that the Sounders are adjusting their timeline somewhat, having originally planned to reopen Lumen Field to fans without restriction starting with the July 25 match against Sporting Kansas City. With vaccination rates increasing and positive tests declining, the Sounders have determined that waiting two additional weeks was unnecessary.

The Sounders also told season-ticket holders that single-game tickets would soon be going on sale and that there would be no 18th game in the season-ticket package, which effectively makes the OL Reign part of the double-header free. Instead, STH will receive a credit for that game that can be used for renewals, buying extra tickets or for the playoffs. The credit can not, however, be used on the soon-to-be-announced Leagues Cup match as that is run by the league.

For fans attending the match on Saturday with seats in the lower bowl, the previously announced guidelines are still in place. Proof of full vaccination is required, while children ages 5-15 who are not fully vaccinated or not eligible to be vaccinated can attend in full capacity sections with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of kickoff.

Those who have not been vaccinated but still plan to attend are obviously still at potential increased risk of being exposed to and contracting the virus. Vaccinations are available and widespread throughout King County and the State.

OL Reign Plans

OL Reign will also move to full stadium capacity in July. Beginning with the club’s July 11 match against Kansas City, no proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required for fans attending matches at Cheney Stadium. OL Reign will play its last match under current state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions this Saturday, June 26, at 1 PM PT.

Starting in July, OL Reign fans can purchase seats in any quantity and in any section of the stadium without any social distancing requirements, and wearing a mask in the stadium will be optional — although non-vaccinated fans are encouraged to wear their mask.

Single-match tickets are now available for the eight remaining OL Reign home games at Cheney Stadium. The club’s double-header with the Sounders at Lumen Field will go on sale at 2 PM PT on June 30, with Reign season ticket holders getting early access on June 28. Tickets for the match will provide access to both games.

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