Sunday, November 15, 2009

Travel Arrangements for Seattle

There are numerous questions abounding about arrangements for a trip to the MLS Cup. Unfortunately there are very few answers. However, I just talked to an RSL employee, and they just got off of a conference call with the league, and they were just getting ready for another conference call to discuss arrangements for next week.

We should see further updates later tonight or tomorrow, and I’ll do my best to keep you posted.

Getting There

Option #1: There will likely be at least one bus headed to Seattle. It is still in the works. I’ve done some legwork on this myself, and I’m expecting the following:

  • Leave early Saturday, arriving late in evening in Seattle. By bus the drive is around 14 hours, depending on the length of stops.
  • Returning early Monday morning, arriving in SLC late in the evening.
  • Price will be somewhere in the $80-$100 range.

Option #2: There will be a number of folks making the drive themselves. Keep your eyes out for a convoy of RSL fans on the way up there.

Option #3: Flights are currently around $400 roundtrip. The team is working with Jet Blue to see if they can come up with a last minute option.

  • There is a 10% discount available for supporters on American Airlines. Use Discount Code: 38N9AU

Where to Stay

There are a number of good options in the downtown Seattle area for this. Here are a few that have been mentioned by those who know the Seattle area.

W Hotel (there is a special rate for supporters)

Best Western Pioneer Square

Marriott Rennaissance

Doubletree Arctic Club

Crown Plaza

***OPTIONS UNDER $100***


Executive Hotel Pacific

Quality Inn & Suites

Ramada Inn


Holiday Inn

Best Western Executive Inn


Unfortunately most of the tickets were doled out by the Sounders to season ticket holders. However, yesterday an additional 6,000 upper-level seats were released. In addition, there are a number of tickets available on the secondary market. Tomorrow, there should be a link up directing RSL supporters to sections primarily for RSL fans. Here are some resources:





Other Events

There is a good chance that there will be a get together for RSL supporters. No plans have been made, but logic would dictate that this would be Saturday night.

For supporters groups, there is the annual supporters summit.

Prior to the game, fans of all flavors will be gathering at Occidental Park at 3:45 for Seattle’s traditional March to the Match. Here are the details:

MLS Cup Final “March to the Match”

Seattle WA, As part of the MLS Cup and Supporters Summit activities, there will be the traditional march to match 90 minutes prior to MLS Cup Final. The Sounders FC band, Sound Wave” along with Sounders FC owners, players, coaches and MLS Commissioner Don Garber are all slated to take part in the march. This is an opportunity for fans from all over, regardless of which team they are supporting, to celebrate the beautiful game and our league’s championship match up. Major League Soccer fans will meet at 3:45 at Occidental Park for a brief celebration and address and then depart from there towards the X-Box Pitch at Qwest Field at 4:00 p.m.

Map to Occidental Park