First and foremost: thank you for your massive support on Sunday! The energy and atmosphere you are creating in our fortress is powerful and the force of your momentum is multiplying. Each of you deserves to be proud for playing a huge role in the club’s accomplishments thus far.
And although our Leg 1 victory was a step in the right direction, the Eastern Conference Championship series is far from over. We are in the midst of a fierce battle, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you on the road for Leg 2.
As Leg 2 of the Conference Championships approach, each of the four clubs that remain are incredibly grateful to find themselves in the position where advance planning is no longer a luxury - but rather a necessity. Competing for an MLS Cup is a privilege, and our club takes our obligations to our supporters and our city very seriously. While critics may misrepresent preparedness as hubris, the reality is that three of the four remaining clubs need to launch a critical exercise: going on-sale for a potential MLS Cup.
The on-sale for a potential MLS Cup match in Columbus on 12/6 has generated significant interest and there is a high degree of certainty that if a match was played on 12/6 at MAPFRE Stadium it would be a sellout.
For those of you who may be interested in attending this potential match (but haven’t yet purchased tickets) I thought it might be interesting to share a few insights as to where we stand. The reality is that we are running very low on inventory. In summary: demand is high and supply is low.
- Our Season Ticket Membership is growing, and our members activated the right to purchase their 2015 Playoff and potential MLS Cup tickets at a healthy percentage (which is a good sign for playoff attendance and an overall positive trend).
- The general on-sale for a potential MLS Cup kicked-off last Wednesday (11/18) and the response and pace has been very strong.
- In the same way that the other four major North American sports leagues influence ticketing for marquee events (e.g. All Star Games or Finals), the league office retains a portion of inventory for visiting supporter/ visiting front office needs as well as league needs.
As a result of all factors combined, MAPFRE Stadium’s normal capacity is extremely close to a complete sellout for a potential MLS Cup on 12/6. It’s possible that some of the inventory that is being held by visiting team/league could be returned and put back on-sale to the general public. However, it’s just as likely that no additional inventory will be made available and it’s practically impossible to predict if/when additional inventory might materialize so we want to be as transparent as possible.
In response to the demand we have been closely monitoring, we are proud to once again announce that we will be adding North Stage bleachers for a potential MLS Cup Final. This section will be ticketed as General Admission by section (like the Nordecke) and will be made available for sale EXCLUSIVELY for in-person purchase at the MAPFRE Stadium Ticket Office.
The on-sale for North Stage bleacher seats will begin this morning at 10:15 a.m. ET and will be offered at the Nordecke pricing level (plus fees). There is a maximum-purchase limit of six (6) seats per person and it will be strictly enforced.
Once again, it’s important to note that the North Stage bleacher seats are only available for purchase in-person at the MAPFRE Stadium Ticket Office. The Ticket Office will be open today (Tuesday 11/24) until 5pm and once again tomorrow (Wednesday 11/25) from 10am - 5pm. Please also note that the MAPFRE Stadium Ticket Office will be closed in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday 11/26 thru Sunday 11/29 with normal hours resuming on Monday 11/30.
Thank you for your inspiration and support. On behalf of the entire Crew SC organization: have a Happy Thanksgiving and GO CREW SC!