SBD/January 4, 2011/Franchises

Portland Timbers Sell 10,000 Season Tickets Ahead Of MLS Debut

Thanks to a rush in ticket sales in the weeks before Christmas, the Portland Timbers have sold 10,000 season tickets and sold out 33 full sections at PGE Park for their inaugural MLS season. The club will cap season tickets at 12,000 at PGE, which will hold approximately 19,000 once construction on the east and south stands finishes in late March. Team Owner & President Merritt Paulson said the club’s $1,500 KeyBank Club premium seats were some of the first sections to sell out, as were the 23 $40,000 Sunset Porsche Audi luxury suites, which require a multiyear commitment. Paulson said, “When you look at the appetite for premium seats in this economy that has been hit with unemployment that is disproportionately high, it speaks to the conviction people have that Timbers games will be a great experience.” He added he expects the club to sell out its remaining 2,000 season tickets, which include 700 seats in the Timbers Army supporters section (Fred Dreier, SportsBusiness Journal). Meanwhile, in Seattle, Gerry Spratt reported the Vancouver Whitecaps also have "reported brisk ticket sales" for their inaugural MLS season, "with season packages exceeding 13,000." The Whitecaps will start the '11 season at Empire Field while BC Place Stadium, which ultimately "will have a soccer capacity of 20,000," is fitted with a retractable roof (SEATTLEPI.com, 1/3).
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