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Portland Timbers sell out season tickets -- already
by Ridge Mahoney, December 5th, 2012 12:09AM

TAGS:  mls, portland timbers, soccer business


[MLS 2013] Contemplating Portland Timbers' season tickets for 2013? You’re too late. They’re gone. Already.

The MLS team announced Tuesday it has sold out an increased allotment of season tickets for the 2013 season, which had been capped at 15,250. In 2012, the number of season tickets available at JELD-WEN Field was capped at 14,750, and once again, demand has far outstripped supply.

An increase in season tickets of 500 seats went quickly as fans renewed at a rate of 96 percent, leaving about 6,500 fans on the season-ticket waiting list. JELD-WEN Field (capacity: 20,438) has been sold out for each of the Timbers’ 34 home matches in the first two MLS seasons.

A lottery was held to determine which season-ticket holders who wanted additional seats would be offered the opportunity, and the rest of the increased allotment went to patrons on the waiting list.

Though the Timbers finished eighth in the Western Conference with a record of 8-16-10 and fired head coach John Spencer in July, every game was listed as a sellout for an average attendance of 20,438, which ranked fifth among the 19 MLS teams and was well above the league average of 18,807.

Former Akron University coach Caleb Porter has been hired to take over the Timbers, which since the end of the season have acquired midfielder Will Johnson (from Real Salt Lake) and defenders Michael Harrington (Sporting Kansas City) and Eric Brunner (Houston).

Kosuke Kimura
has been traded to New York, and the options on Lovel Palmer and Steve Purdy were declined.

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