By Charles Boehm
Seattle Reign FC of the new National Women’s Soccer League revealed on Wednesday that they will play their home matches at Starfire Stadium, located at the 54-acre sports complex of the same name in Tukwila, Wash. during the inaugural NWSL season, and announced plans to open ticket sales on Thursday morning.
Located west of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle’s southern suburbs, Starfire is an intimate venue which holds 4,500 spectators. It lies well outside the urban core but is familiar to the area’s soccer fans, having served as the training ground of the Seattle Sounders and a venue for many of that club’s U.S. Open Cup matches.
Like most Pacific Northwest fields, it features an artificial playing surface.
Reign FC released the news to their fans via the club’s Facebook page, then explained the choice via additional remarks in the comments sections. The club’s official website has been under construction but will go live when ticket sales open at 9 a.m. PT on Thursday.
“We want to provide the best possible experience for supporters,” said one club message in response to a fan. “For our first season, we think that Starfire is the best possible choice. While it is not perfect, it was superior to the other viable choices (C-Link [CenturyLink Field] and Memorial Stadium [on the University of Washington campus]) when weighing all of the evaluation criteria.”
Reign FC also rolled out four season-ticket packages ranging from bleacher seats costing $15 per game and $195 for the season to covered grandstand seating at midfield costing $22 per game and $286 for the season. Four front-row “VIP tables” will also be available at $200 per game, $2600 for the season.
The club said all four packages include 11 regular-season matches and two friendlies. NWSL has yet to release full schedule information but the campaign will open in April.
Seattle is seen as an early contender for a place among the NWSL elite, thanks in large part to a strong international-player allocation highlighted by U.S. Women’s National Team stars Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Amy Rodriguez and Mexican National Team midfielder and former Stanford standout Teresa Noyola, though Rapinoe will not join the squad until the summer due to her six-month stint with French powerhouse Olympique Lyon.
The club also acquired talented U.S. youth national teamer Amy Nairn in last week’s NWSL draft.