Mariners-FIFA World Cup Qualifier June 11 Schedule Conflict
There’s been a fair amount of chatter on social media today about the announcement that the U.S. Men’s National Team and Panama will play a FIFA World Cup Qualifier match at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday, June 11, at the same time the Mariners are hosting the Houston Astros.
The attendance threshold is part of long-standing (since 1996) City of Seattle guidelines in place to help lessen the impact on the SODO neighborhood –and fans—when there are “dual events” at CenturyLink and Safeco Field.
The Mariners have not imposed any restrictions on the soccer game attendance and we were not asked to change the start time of our game to accommodate the soccer match. The City of Seattle would have to grant a waiver for the Mariners to play a day game because we are limited to six midweek day games per season. There are now seven on this year’s schedule, with the seventh granted by the City to accommodate a CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 11.
The Mariners are excited to have our beautiful city showcased to the world on June 11, and we will be cheering on the U.S. team along with the rest of the nation.