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Sounders Providing Some Boom to Seattle Economy

  • Reuters, Friday, August 7, 2009 5 PM
Honestly, is there anything the Sounders can't do this year? As if leading the league with average crowds of around 30,000 (almost twice the overall MLS mark), and serving up a second coming of expansion team-turned-overnight success (doing their best to following in the footsteps of the 1998 Chicago Fire) wasn't enough to make them the soccer story of the year, now the club is being heralded for helping put some boom back into a Seattle economy that has been hit hard by layoffs from major local employers Boeing and Microsoft.

"It's been a huge impact on the area around us here economically," says Troy Anderson, who owns the King Street Bar and Oven, which is within walking distance of Qwest Field. "The fervor, the fanaticism and the money being spent back into the economy in my restaurant and other shops around this area, it's definitely noticeable."

While he's noticed "a big dip in spending at sporting events," where most fans "still pay to go to the event, but they may not pay to go out to have a beer and something to eat beforehand or after," Anderson is thankful for Sounders fans bucking that trend, as "two or three hours before the games they are in here and money is being spent."


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