(Seattle, WA) - The Seattle Sounders Professional Soccer Club, in conjunction with First & Goal Inc., today announced plans to play their 2003 season in Seahawks Stadium.
"The Sounders are thrilled at this tremendous opportunity to play 14 home games in this state-of-the-art facility," said general manager Adrian Hanauer. He continued, "We had an incredible 2002 season that included a historic game in this stadium and we're looking forward to calling this our home next year."
The Sounders made history on July 28, 2002 when they played the first sporting event in Seahawks Stadium. Over 25,000 soccer enthusiasts cheered for the Sounders in their 4-1 defeat of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The 2003 season ticket packages will range from $140-$280 with individual tickets starting at $12 per game. A $50 youth season pass, good for all 14 Sounder home games, will be available for children under eighteen.
"Even though we're moving to a great new facility we wanted to keep our prices at an affordable level," said Hanauer. "We're definitely family-friendly entertainment."
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said, "The players and coaching staff are extremely pleased to get this opportunity to play in an incredible stadium. The field, including the new turf, dimensions of the pitch, and close proximity to the fans, all add up to many exciting times for soccer fans."
"The team that I have returning is well suited for this field," Schmetzer continued. "We play all out attacking soccer, and love the freedom and creativity that this stadium gives us. All of the players still have the inaugural game and the feeling of playing in front of over 25,000 people fresh in their minds. We trust that soccer fans in the area will turn out in strong numbers to support their team."
The 2002 season saw the Sounders set numerous A-League records. Their 23-4-1 record was the second best record in the history of the league. The Sounders finished the season with 107 points, the most ever in league history. Head coach Brian Schmetzer was named Coach of the Year and midfielder Leighton O'Brien received league MVP honors.
The Sounders' 14 home games take place between May and September. The official A-League schedule will be released early next year.
Ticket prices, season ticket packages, and seating chart.
For more information on season tickets phone 800 796.KICK or visit www.seattlesounders.net. For information on Seahawks Stadium visit www.seahawksstadium.com.