Seattle Sounders FC new club headquarters


Seattle Sounders new training facility Image: MLS

The Major League Soccer (MLS) team Seattle Sounders FC (US) unveiled on February 16th plans to construct a new club headquarters that would open in 2024 as the club’s 50th anniversary nears.

The ‘MLS’ stated that based in Renton, Washington, the world-class sporting facility would provide a new home for Major League Soccer’s winningest team over the past decade, housing the club’s entire soccer and business ecosystem for the first time in Sounders FC history.

The Seattle Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club based in Seattle (Washington, US). The Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The club was established on November 13th, 2007, and began play in 2009 as an MLS expansion team.

The 72,000-capacity Lumen Field is a multipurpose stadium in Seattle, Washington, United States. Located in the City’s SoDo neighborhood, it is the home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer and OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The ‘MLS’ further stated that known as the Sounders FC Center at Longacres, the facility will include four full-size training pitches (two grass, two turf) and 50,000 square feet of space for both the club’s soccer operations and front office personnel. It would house the first team, second team and an academy.

The project is being pursued in concert with the Seattle-based Unico Properties and the City of Renton. It’ll transform the site of Boeing’s former corporate headquarters.

Observed majority owner Adrian Hanauer, “Today is one of the most important moments in our club’s history, as we begin this new partnership with Unico Properties and take our first steps into the future of Seattle Sounders FC. Our organization has invested a great deal of time and thoughtfulness into the process of both selecting the ideal site for a new home and reimagining what that home represents for our team and the greater community.”

Added Hanauer, “With Longacres, we’ve found a location brimming with Pacific Northwest history where the Sounders – a team that brings its own deep roots, growing since 1974 – can plant our flag and create a home for our next 50 years. We’re excited to work with terrific partners in Unico and the City of Renton as this project comes to life, and our club fully embraces the stewardship of managing an important historical site like Longacres.”

Since joining MLS in 2009 as an expansion team, Seattle has trained at the 4,500-capacity Starfire Sports in Tukwila, Washington (US).

Should Seattle be selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, the new Sounders FC Center at Longacres would be available as a resource for the globe’s largest sporting event, both as a training site and other needs.

The Sounders also noted fan outreach is taking place to explore the club’s brand identity with the next 50 years in mind.

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