The Timbers Army announced today that that their allotment of away tickets to this year’s MLS Cup Final sold out in four minutes.
Having foresight for the issue, the Timbers Army and Sporting Kansas City’s supporters groups released a joint statement before the second leg of the Western Conference Championship to request a higher allotment of seats at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. At the time, the supports groups had been informed they would only be given 900 seats in the massive stadium, and requested the amount be raised to the generally recognized international standard of 5 percent, which would come to approximately 3,600 seats in Atlanta, depending on how much of the stadium is opened for the match.
Perhaps in response, by the time the Timbers won on Thursday night, MLS raised the number of seats available from 900 to 1300, still three times less the requested amount. The move to limit away support so severely can only be seen as a serious blunder from the league office, harming the atmosphere of the biggest match of the year both in the stadium and on the television broadcast. Further, it forces any additional Timbers fans who want to go to sit amidst the home support, thus defeating the entire purpose of having an away supporters section.
At this point, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is reportedly sold out, making it unlikely the Timbers Army will receive any additional seats.