Seattle skyline panorama at night as seen from Kerry Park, Seattle, WA.
City Guide

Seattle

As the beacon of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is home to one of the most amped-up soccer crowds in North America. Averaging nearly 40,000 fans a match for MLS matches, the Seattle Sounder fanbase are as faithful as they come. For Copa America, Seattle could be potentially hosting stars like Leo Messi and Sergio Aguero as Argentina comes to town to face Bolivia on June 14th. The Emerald City, with an obsession for soccer, will have it’s red carpet laid down for some of the world’s best.

WHERE TO HANG OUT

Seattle features some of the West Coast’s premier soccer bars. Be it a dive or an upscale spot, game day or the middle of the week, he tone remains the same, this is where you want to be if you need to see a match on TV.

Beers sitting on a bar.

Pyramid Alehouse Just a block from CenturyLink Field, Pyramid Alehouse was named one of the Ten Best Restaurants Near NFL Stadiums by USA Today. Its proximity to the stadium means it will be jumping, and with the Pyramid’s Beer Garden awaiting, your match day experience will be awesome. Check them out on Twitter @PyramidSEA

The George & Dragon With 20 years of experience, The George & Dragon provides a proper English Pub experience. An outdoor patio and daily activities mean that you don’t have to visit on game day only, but for your entire Copa America ‘16 Run. For more on The George & Dragon Pub, peep their site here.

The Atlantic Crossing PubAtlantic Crossing is the official bar for U.S. supporters group “American Outlaws,” and serves as the official bar for many club supporters who have laid their roots in Seattle. Atlantic Crossing is in the heart of the Roosevelt District, a prime location for those who not only want to watch Copa America but also want to hang. Follow The Atlantic Crossing on Twitter, or tap that Like button on Facebook.

WHERE TO GET GEAR

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If you’re supporting a team in the Copa America games, you have to be laced. Fortunately, Seattle has plenty of spots for you to get national team gear.

Schmetzer’s Sporthaus Schmetzer’s has been around for forty years. Providing the Seattle area with jerseys, gear, and boots for the soccer enthusiast — check out their Instagram for the latest on what’s in stock and visit one of their locations in the greater Seattle area.

Soccer WestAnother option for those in the Northwest seeking to find their new team shirt is Soccer West. The 25 year old business has five locations in the Seattle region and provide an incredible stock on all things soccer, they’re incredibly helpful on Twitter @SoccerWest, so hit them up today.

WHERE TO PLAY

So, we’ve all got aspirations of playing in front of thousands of people. But, if you can’t score at CenturyLink we’ve found a few spots for you to get some run in pickup soccer. Seattle summers are a mix of rain and warmth, so make sure you’re prepared to get muddy.

Soccer ball on a field with people playing.

Starfire Sports Complex Since it’s the official training ground of the Seattle Sounders, you know Starfire is official. They’ve got something for everyone in between the casual Sunday player and the pro. With indoor and outdoor facilities, Starfire Sports Complex is ready for you to live out your Copa America ’16 dreams. Like them on Facebook and get the latest on leagues and open play.

Marymoor Park Once a dairy farm, Marymoor Park is now home to one of the better places in the Seattle area to not only play soccer but visit on your downtime. Artificial and natural grass surfaces await you and your friends as you try out you best Messi imitations on the field.

WHERE TO BE A TOURIST

We can’t always be on soccer mode. So, if you’re new to the Seattle area, here’s a few places where you can go sightsee and get those Snaps and Instagram photos off. Besides, how will anyone else know that you visited the Emerald City?

Seattle skyline panorama at night as seen from Kerry Park, Seattle, WA.

Pikes Place You may have seen it on TV, but now you can see it for yourself. Pike’s Place Fish Market is the country’s oldest public farmers market and Seattle’s most popular tourist destination. With antique shops, small businesses, and food everywhere, be sure to visit Pike’s Place when you’re in town to see Copa America. Want to see for yourself? Follow them on Instagram.

Space Needle The Seattle skyline features one of the most unique structures in the world, The Space Needle was constructed for the World’s Fair, and has been a symbol of the city since 1962. You can go up to the observation deck and look out into the Pacific, or have a meal 500 feet in the air, but just make sure you go, alright? Visit www.spaceneedle.com to plan a trip before Copa America.

WHAT TO DO ON MATCHDAY

Most fans tailgate outside of the Stadium, but in Seattle, Pioneer Square is the place to be. Sounders supporters like to meet a half mile from “The Link” and walk down 1st Avenue until they’re at the game. With plenty of bars and restaurants to get you set for the matches, you won’t need to hang outside of CenturyLink to party. Although, we could always go for a little five-a-side in the parking lot before the match.

A bunch of soccer fans in a stadium cheering on a game.

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