Slowly but surely, the Seattle Reign have been drawing bigger and bigger crowds. Last year, they averaged over 4,000 fans per game and were over 5,000 in the six home matches that came after the World Cup. It now looks like 2016 will set another attendance high-water mark.
Although exact figures aren't available, a Seattle Reign spokesperson confirmed to Sounder at Heart that season-ticket sales are triple of what they were a year ago.
Figuring out what that means in real numbers is an educated guessing game, but the lowest attended match of the season was 2,367. If roughly half of those were season-ticket holders, the Reign would be looking at a base of about 3,000 this year.
Thanks to a reconfigured seating chart, the Reign also will have the capacity to expand availability far more easily this year, rather than having it effectively capped at a little over 6,000 as it was most of last year. Standard capacity will remain about the same, but the Reign will open all of the lower sections of the south stands for all games as they did in the playoffs last year. As a trade off, they aren't opening all of the north stands, but they've said they can easily do so when demand warrants it. This is how seating is planned for 2016:
On top of this, the Reign home schedule is much more favorable this season. There are no weeknight matches, fewer overlap with the Sounders and S2, and more evening matches on the weekend. Sounds like a recipe for a lot of sold-out Reign games.