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Away Trip - DC United - 9/22/19

Travel with ECS to see SSFC play outside of Seattle.

Unread postby RightFootHammer » Mon Jan 7, 2019 4:30:45 pm

[UPDATED 9/19 BY JACK]

It’s been over two years since we last saw each other in Washington D.C., one of the few places away from home our boys have found success, including that beautiful U.S. Open Cup in 2009. They’re going to need that success with all of us behind them, and YOU will be a part of that, along with all of the other Sounders singing for our boys until the end from coast to coast. So, here’s everything you need to know for this match day:

Tickets:
New this year, tickets will be physical tickets. PDF tickets will not be emailed to you as in the past. You must meet the travel monkeys on the ground at the following pre-function & day-of-game meet up locations i.e. Fado Irish Pub in DC, or at the very latest, when we arrive at Audi Field. Once your tickets have been distributed to you, you are responsible for your ticket. Travel Monkeys have no way to replace lost or forgotten tickets.

Game Day Prefunc & March on the Metro:
Come join your fellow supporters and pick up your tickets in-person with ID of purchaser at Fado Irish Pub! Fado will be hosting us from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday when we will then head out for Audi Field. Fado’s address is below:

808 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


At 6 pm, we will pay our tabs and head to the Metro (subway). Be prepared with a SmarTrip card for the metro. Buy it ahead of time. $2.00 needed to get from Fado to Navy Yard where we will access Audi Field. You can do this during the prefunc, as our departure station (Gallery Place/Chinatown) is right across the street.

Metro Stations/Transit Planning:
    - Fado (prefunc) Metro station: Gallery Place-Chinatown (Green/Red/Yellow lines)
    - Yankee Stadium subway station: Navy Yard (Green line)
    - Make sure to plan your travel around town using the trip planner function on the WMATA site.
Parking
For those driving in, there is no dedicated parking for us let alone for the stadium itself. If you’re looking to park closer to the stadium, you can visit the Audi Field SpotHero parking page. You may have better luck with renting scooters. More information regarding transit to and from the stadium can be found here. If you’re looking to coordinate rides, be sure to post on the thread for this trip in the ECS forum or on the Seattle Sounders East Facebook page.

Stadium Entry
No later than 7:00 PM we will all meet at the corner of S Street and Half Street (See Page 8 of attached PDF), where we will be met by stadium security to conduct a quick safety meeting, and then escort us into the section through Gate B. Please be prepared for bag checks, pat downs, and metal detectors at the gate. The bag policy is no larger than 14x14x6. DC does not have a clear bag requirement. Tifo crew handling all flags, poles, drum, etc. will go first, as each item will be checked by security. Once we are all in, we will be escorted to our section. We are in section 112, rows 31 to 37 and section 113, rows 36 and 37. The sections are treated as General Admission, so feel free to sit where you see fit in the rows & sections mentioned, except for the first row 31 which will be for capos and security.

Gametime Expectations:
Emerald City Supporters is a supporter group. That's important to remember. Our reason for being at the match is to spur our boys on toward victory; everything else is secondary.
    - If you bought tickets through ECS our section will be in the upper part of sections 112 and 113, as described above. Our section will be treated as General Admission; we do not enforce seat assignments. Tifo, capos, drum, and security will be in the front 1-2 rows. Everyone else is invited to stand where they feel most comfortable. There is will not be excessive room for those that may have purchased tickets elsewhere in the stadium. DC did not build in more than one buffer row. But we encourage and invite you to join us for the prefunc.
    - Participation is encouraged. We'll have song cards so you can sing, chant, and go mental right along with us. Don't worry if you don't know all of the words, just follow along the best you can, and your support will be felt!
    - Friends or family in other non-Sounders MLS team gear or colors will not be allowed to stand with us. If you or someone in your group is wearing colors of another MLS team, they will be asked to remove those items. If they refuse, we will try to have your group reseated. If the stadium staff cannot accommodate a reseating, then your group will be asked to leave.
    - Please, do not engage in any way with home fans, and tie your scarves around your neck. Security will keep home fans at bay; there's no need to engage in any wordplay, taunting, threats, etc. If you have an issue, notify ECS Security, Travel Monkey, or stadium staff.

Postgame:
We will be held in the section for about 15 minutes. Security will then escort the group back out past Gate B. Metro riders will then go as a group back to the Navy Yard station. Others will be driving out or taking Uber/Lyft; don’t be afraid to ask for a ride or share a fare!

Itinerary Recap:
As always, make SURE you check with the travel monkey on the ground for the latest schedule/details.
    - 9:00 AM-Noon: Stumble out of bed, get some breakfast, and watch some footy
    - Noon-3:00 PM: Watch more footy, start getting ready, and make your way over Fado Irish Pub
    - 3:00-6:00 PM: Pick up your tickets at Fado, get some food and drink, make new friends
    - 6:00-7:00 PM: Take the Green line train from Chinatown to Nay Yard, meet with stadium security outside of Audi Field
    - 7:00-8:00 PM: Enter the stadium, get set up, Last Chance to meet us at Gate B to get your tickets.
    - 8:00 PM: Kick off
    - 8:28 PMish (thanks National TV) : OWN THE PLACE, GO MENTAL
    - 10:00 PMish: VICTORY, CELEBRATE 3 POINTS
    - 10:15 PMish: Stadium exit, escorted out of Gate B, walk as group to Navy Yard station
Eternal Blue Forever Green,
Jack Burtch & Nikki Graziano
Seattle Sounders East | ECS Travel Monkeys

Note: Your Travel Monkeys for this weekend will be Jack Burtch & Nikki Graziano. Monkeys can be reached at travel@weareecs.com or on twitter @ECSTravelMonkey.
If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to Jack directly, by phone at 425-233-9104 or by email at jack.burtch@gmail.com.
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Unread postby WestcoastBrian » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:33:14 pm

If you need another reason to go to this game, the Mariners will be playing in Baltimore the same weekend.
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Unread postby alpenfuzzi » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:34:25 pm

We are 6 folks ( 4 from Seattle and 2 from DC) that will go. When will be the ticket available? . cheers
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Unread postby SmashleyFC » Sat Jun 8, 2019 6:39:18 pm

I bought 2 tickets but can't make it. Lemme know if anyone wants. thx
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Unread postby crdiaz73 » Thu Aug 1, 2019 10:36:38 am

SmashleyFC wrote:I bought 2 tickets but can't make it. Lemme know if anyone wants. thx


I am assuming that these tickets are ones that are open to the public, non- ECS Member seats? Possibly just in the same area where ECS will be sitting?
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Unread postby davidvanwilder » Fri Aug 2, 2019 11:07:11 am

WestcoastBrian wrote:If you need another reason to go to this game, the Mariners will be playing in Baltimore the same weekend.


Nice! I didn’t even think about that! I’ve got a few friends that are coming down From Philly and NY and I’ll be driving up there. Looking forward to my first away game on the East Coast.
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Unread postby davidvanwilder » Fri Aug 2, 2019 11:10:32 am

When do these normally come available so I don’t forget to check?
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Unread postby crdiaz73 » Fri Aug 2, 2019 12:55:37 pm

Very soon, usually for sale 4-6 weeks before the match in the ECS store
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Unread postby RainyDayHiker » Fri Aug 2, 2019 4:23:16 pm

It is already available (all away games are currently available, I believe): https://www.weareecs.com/shop/categorie ... er-22-2019
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Unread postby crdiaz73 » Sat Aug 3, 2019 9:35:00 am

Ah thx! For some reason I couldn't see them but the link worked.
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Unread postby davidvanwilder » Sat Aug 3, 2019 3:20:05 pm

Sweet! I had the same problem but the linked help! Just bought my tickets! Thanks for the help!
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Unread postby RainyDayHiker » Sat Aug 3, 2019 5:16:36 pm

When in doubt, use the links on the side of the page to look at the category for Travel or Home - not all of them get promoted to the front page.
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Unread postby alpenfuzzi » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:55:16 am

4 tickets purchased..looking forward to another DC trip..cheers
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Unread postby mindi » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:31:04 pm

See y'all in DC.
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Unread postby sschwartz5 » Mon Sep 2, 2019 3:58:10 pm

Our family of five is going to be in DC for family weekend at our son's University; and we just bought tix to come support our Sounders! Can't wait to see you all there. Sharon
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