Sounders FC and Tacoma Rainiers to Make Important Announcement On Wednesday

October 31, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Tacoma Rainiers

News Release

Media invited to 5:00 p.m. PT event hosted by both clubs at North Tacoma pub; Those interested should RSVP by Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. PT to secure space

SEATTLE, WASH. - At 5:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, November 1 at Doyle's Public House in North Tacoma, Seattle Sounders FC and the Tacoma Rainiers are set to make an important announcement regarding the future of professional soccer in the South Sound. Earlier this year, the two clubs agreed to memorandum of understanding to build a new soccer-specific stadium in Tacoma on the footprint of historic Cheney Stadium.

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in covering the event should RSVP with Alex Caulfield from Seattle Sounders FC [216-978-7212 / AlexC@SoundersFC.com] or Brett Gleason from the Tacoma Rainiers [509-339-5979 / BGleason@TacomaRainiers.com]. All applications are requested by Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

EVENT INFORMATION

WHAT: Sounders FC and Tacoma Rainiers announcement regarding soccer in South Sound

WHO: Seattle Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey

Tacoma Rainiers President Aaron Artman

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Tacoma City Council Member Ryan Mello

Metro Parks Tacoma Representative

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. PT

WHERE: Doyle's Public House (208 St. Helen's Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402)

HOW: RSVP by sending an email to Alex Caulfield [AlexC@SoundersFC.com] or Brett Gleason [BGleason@TacomaRainiers.com]

ABOUT SOUNDERS FC

Winner of the 2016 MLS Cup, 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Sounders FC is Seattle's Major League Soccer franchise. With an ownership group led by Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and entertainer Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence. In 2016, Sounders FC reached a milestone as the franchise claimed its first MLS Cup championship with a road victory over Toronto FC. Since the club's debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America by leading the league in attendance from its inaugural campaign through 2016. Prior to joining MLS, the Seattle Sounders organization has been a part of the greater Seattle community and U.S. Soccer professional scene since 1974.

ABOUT THE TACOMA RAINIERS

The Tacoma Rainiers are the longest-tenured member of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and the top affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Since their inaugural season in the PCL in 1960, the Tacoma franchise has captured five league championships and secured 14 playoff appearances. Off the field, the Rainiers have established themselves as one of the premier sports franchises in professional baseball, accumulating numerous awards and improving the fan experience on an annual basis. Since its renovation in 2010, Cheney Stadium has received numerous upgrades such as the R Yard outfield viewing deck, the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Family Pavilion, and the brand-new left field party deck featuring professional baseballs first-ever fan fire pit.

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