Out in Seattle the Sounders fan base proved out that soccer can draw anywhere, anytime in their city.
I remember calling a noon kickoff in Seattle for Espn and going to the stadium at 10 am while watching fans congregate around the then Qwest Field.
Fast forward to your Houston Dynamo and soccer in H-Town.
The opener against DC United sold out and was an afternoon game. Portland sold out and was a Tuesday night game, today LA sells out with a 2pm kickoff.
The fact is all these successes are now going to be considered the the “benchmark”. Yes, the stadium is the star, yes it is being marketed like crazy and why not?
It is not an exact science any of this but what we do know is that it raises the bar. You the fan have helped to raise the bar.
Today is another huge opportunity for the sport of soccer and the Dynamo. Newbies in attendance can be influenced whether they know alot about soccer or not. Lets hope the day lives up to the moment and the Dynamo send people home happy with a few goals and a win. LA seems to be the perfect opponent.
Wednesday 14,000 El Salvador fans were at BBVA Compass for their 2-2 draw against New Zealand. I spoke with many and the night was theirs nationalistically. Some are Dynamo fans but when I looked out at all the blue and white jerseys I saw potential, grand potential.
Today an organizational benchmark set again!