At long last, it’s finally happening – OL Reign will be playing a match at Lumen Field. The Aug. 29 game will be part of a doubleheader featuring two Cascadia clashes – OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns at 4:00 PM PT, followed by the Sounders vs. Portland Timbers at 7:30 PM PT. One ticket will get fans into both matches.
“This is a day soccer fans in the Pacific Northwest — including me — have waited a very long time to see happen,” said OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore in a team release. “We are deeply appreciative of our partnership with the Sounders and thank Adrian [Hanauer] and his staff for their tireless effort to make this event a reality. It will be a special moment for our players, our club, our supporters, and I hope for everybody in the Pacific Northwest. We have assembled a special group of players this season, so I am thrilled a new group of fans will be introduced to our team, and I am excited that our players will be able to experience one of the most extraordinary soccer environments in our country.”
To accommodate the move, this game has been excluded from the Reign season ticket package; current season ticket holders will receive a credit that can be used for future season tickets or other single-match OL Reign tickets at Cheney Stadium. Team representatives indicated that the logistics of identifying comparable available seats at Lumen Field, as well as the number of fans who have tickets for both teams, precluded other viable solutions. Reign season-ticket holders will receive a presale code and be able to purchase tickets at a discount for the doubleheader. More details about the presale and pricing will be released in the coming weeks.
The late-August match should see the post-Olympics return of international stars for both the Reign and Thorns, and will almost certainly break the single-game NWSL attendance record of 25,218. The Sounders have already announced plans to open the entire lower-bowl to vaccinated fans when they play their next home game on June 23 and the state of Washington is expected to remove all restrictions on outdoor gatherings by June 30, potentially clearing the way to open up the entire stadium for this game.
“Sounders FC is thrilled to come together with OL Reign to offer this exceptional day of elite competition, intense rivalry and the celebration of soccer,” said Sounders FC Majority Owner Hanauer. “As Seattle continues to make its case as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, this event provides a perfect platform to showcase the passion of the fans in the region, our amazing stadium, and the city’s position as one of the best sports sites in the country. As we look ahead to increasing stadium capacity and welcoming larger crowds back to Lumen Field as the summer progresses, I can think of no better way of doing so than by gathering together to support both OL Reign and Sounders FC on the same night.”