I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Seattle freakin’ Sounders are in their third MLS Cup in four years. Also for the third time in four years, they will take on Toronto FC in the final. However, for the first time, the game will be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. In advance of the big game this Sunday, the Emerald City is a slightly different shade as it lights up Rave Green in support of the home team.
I say “lights up” because that’s literally what’s happening in many cases. The most famous installation will be the Russell Investments Center, which will illuminate a giant “74” over the city’s waterfront in honor of the year the original Sounders were formed. There will also be a “special Sounders FC-themed lighting” on Saturday, November 9.
T-Mobile is getting into the spirit as well, replacing its famous magenta lighting with Rave Green at both its corporarte headquarters in Factoria as well as at T-Mobile Park, home of the Seattle Mariners. Also at T-Mobile Park, the Ken Griffey Jr. statue at the home plate entrance will don a Sounders jersey for the occasion.
The Seattle Art Museum’s famous Hammering Man will also be lit up in Rave Green every night this weekend, as will the Amazon Spheres in South Lake Union and the building front of the Museum of History and Industry.
But wait, there’s more. St. Joseph’s Medical Center, the SR 520 Bridge, the Allen Institute, Columbia Center, the W Hotel, the Westin Hotel, and the rooftop of the Hyatt at Olive 8 will all be lit up in the Sounders’ signature color. Also the Washington State Convention Center, the Seattle Great Wheel, and of course the arches of CenturyLink Field.
But it’s not all lights. There will also be Sounders flags flying all over the city, specifically at Seattle City Hall and the King County Administration Building. There will also be flags at Pike Place Market, Starbucks headquarters, the Seattle Aquarium, and Woodland Park Zoo. All Seattle ferries and Argosy Cruises will also feature Sounders flags. So will the Pacific Science Center and, of course, the Space Needle. The Space Needle flag was raised today by former Sounders Brad Evans and Chad Marshall (more on them later).
The Pacific Science Center will also feature Sounders scarves on all their dinosaurs and will offer a 20% discount to anyone in Sounders gear who says “Go Sounders!” at the ticket booth. Speaking of scarves, you will also find them adorning Rachel the Piggy Bank at Pike Place Market, who can bring a little luck if you rub her snout and make a donation, Sasquatch Gerald at Fremont’s Theo Chocolate, and the world famous Fremont Troll, who will don a giant, troll-sized scarf.
Cinerama will trade its famous red and blue for Rave Green and Sounder blue and will feature a special message for the team on its marquee. Easy Street Records will also support the team on its marquee as well.
There’s also a ton of interactive events going on around the city all the way up until game time. There is currently a giant MLS Cup at Pike Place Market for you to take pictures with. There are also giant letters spelling out MLS Cup at Westlake Park.
If you’re looking for a bit of sport, Jimmy Conrad will be holding a pickup soccer game on Saturday at Yesler Terrace Park. Brad Evans will be present, as I’m sure other Sounders will be as well, between 10 am and 12 pm.
If you’re trying to find a pregame party, we’ve got you covered. First up, the RAVE Foundation will be hosting a benefit party at Quality Atheltics in the shadow of CenturyLink on Saturday from 6-8 pm. There will be Sounders-themed giveaways and the Western Conference Championship trophy will be present. You can RSVP for the event HERE.
Or, if you prefer, the Sounders’ largest supporters group, Emerald City Supporters, will be throwing their own shindig over at Fuel Sports from 6-10 pm. There will be a free raffle – with extra tickets available by buying $5 Jameson shots or Bud Lights – with a chance to win autographed jerseys or even 2 tickets to the Cup.
When it comes to matchday, you’re definitely going to want to head out to Occidental Square for the pregame rally, starting at 8 am. There will be coffee and live music, leading up to what is certain to be the most epic March to the Match in franchise history, starting at 10 am. It will me MC’ed by Brad Evans and include a performance from Seattle’s own – and part Sounder owner – Macklemore. Evans has promised Chad Marshall and “a couple of others you might know” will be in attendance as well.
Those of you who can’t attend the match will have the opportunity to simply stay in Occidental Square for a massive watch party at 11 am. You could also head to any of the official Sounders pub partners around the city.
Enjoy the events, bask in the Rave Green glow, and GO SOUNDERS!