Seating capacity raised at Seattle’s Qwest Field

Seattle Sounders have had the seating capacity at Qwest Field raised by about 7,000 after an enormously successful debut season in MLS.

Seattle Sounders have had the seating capacity at Qwest Field raised by about 7,000 after an enormously successful debut season in MLS.

The former capacity was at 29,000 which they sold out every time they played there but with expectations set to rise, the club has decided to give more Seattle people the chance to be involved in the franchise by raising the capacity to 36,000.

"I'm confident that our fans, being what they are, they're going to find a way to top themselves. The atmosphere will be even better," Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said.

Schmid said he expects the club to be up and around the top echelon of teams after finishing fourth overall in 2009 and believes last season’s play-offs experience will hold the players in good stead.

"It's easy to climb up the hill. It's a lot harder to stay at the top," Schmid added. "We want to be there year after year.

"The guys got a taste of the playoffs last year. I'm excited. We know what some of the guys can do. We know how some of the pieces of the puzzle fit together."