Sounders FC celebrates Juneteenth with a host of special activities during Saturday’s game against LAFC

Tomorrow, June 18, as Sounders FC hosts LAFC in a nationally televised contest on ABC (12:00 p.m. PT/ABC, ESPN Deportes, 93.3 KJR FM, El Rey 1360 AM), the club recognizes and celebrates Juneteenththe oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, with a variety of activities on game days.

The match is also a continuation of Rave Green’s Summer With The Champs. With a five-game home streak over the next four weeks, Summer With The Champs is an invitation for fans – young and old, new and established – to come and experience the summer at Lumen Field with the Sounders. FC enjoying a variety of entertainment. game day themes and elements. The festivities will culminate on July 9, when Rave Green unveil the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League squad banner in the rafters of Lumen Field and celebrate their historic continental title before facing arch-rivals Portland.

Saturday’s game, presented by Captain Morgan Day sponsorkicks off at 12:00 a.m. PT, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. PT.

With a busy day in Seattle sports — featuring a Mariners doubleheader with games at 1:10 p.m. PT and 7:10 p.m. PT and OL Reign at 7:00 p.m. PT — fans should plan for heavier than usual traffic in SoDo and are encouraged to arrive early and consider public transportation options, such as the SoundTransit Sounder train, which offers a special service. Additionally, due to a construction project, I-405 is completely closed in both directions this weekend between Northeast Fourth Street and Southeast Eighth Street in Bellevue, which is expected to increase travel times and traffic congestion.

Outside the stadium, fans can expect the club’s pre-match lineup to return to Occidental Square Park for the first time since 2020. Sound check, programming is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT on Saturday. Fans can stop by the park to enjoy the party atmosphere, with music from local bands, Sounders and SoundWave DJs, take part in family activities, win Sounders FC prizes and more.

Emerald City supporters march to game then departs Occidental Square Park at 11:00 a.m. PT toward Lumen Field.

Outside the northwest gates, fans can stop by the Continental Tire booth for a chance to win a free scarf. West Washington Toyota dealerships are also on site with a vehicle display and distribution free transparent bags to fans.

Inside the gates on the North Plaza, fans can find Zuri’s Gourmet Donutz food truck. Coming from a partnership with Intentionalist, these trucks support local small businesses owned by diverse owners.

Near the steps of North Plaza, the Rave Green’s SEATTLE Letters are wrapped in a new look to celebrate Juneteenth and adorned with a giant “We the People” scarf, in collaboration with the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM).

The stadium’s North Plaza, Northwest Marshalling and West Concourse are also where fans can find a selection of interactive games and activities, including:

• Face Painting – Fans can receive free football-themed face painting.

• Pose with a Pro – An augmented reality experience that allows fans to have a virtual encounter with their favorite Sounders FC player, as well as a digital video of their encounter to share online.

• Sounders Penalty Kick – A digital activation where fans have five chances to score a goal against a virtual goalkeeper.

• Soccer Skee-ball – This activation allows fans to play a soccer-themed version of Skee-Ball, sending a ball up a ramp rather than rolling it, in order to score as many points as possible.

• Soccer Billiards – Fans can play a soccer-themed version of pool, challenge a partner and toss colorful soccer balls into the oversized pool table pockets before their opponent.

Sounders FC’s charitable arm, RAVE Foundation, adds color to the lobby with a Objectives for the art exhibition, presented by WaFD Bank and featuring artwork created earlier this week by young people in NewHolly, a culturally rich, diverse and thriving Seattle Housing Authority development located between Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley. At Wednesday’s groundbreaking event for two new small RAVE fields at NewHolly, artist Jeremy Bell led young residents through a Goals for Art workshop, one of RAVE’s popular programs. In Goals for Art, children create art that is ultimately used on and around their very own RAVE Community Ground. A soccer-inspired art program, Goals for Art promotes social-emotional well-being and belonging while affirming that children are actors in their community.

A “We the People” interactive artwork located near the Goals for Art exhibit allows fans to stop and color the poster and share what “We the People” means to them.

Fans should not forget to take the time to take a photo with the 2022 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Trophywhich is on display and available for photo ops in the east lobby.

Service members and their families will be on the pitch to watch pre-game ceremonies at Rave Green and, before kick-off, Sounders FC hosts NAAMs Afro-American cultural ensemble (ACE) to perform the powerful anthem “Lift up every voice and sing”, followed by ACE soloist Tommie Burton performing the national anthem.

Just before kick-off, to celebrate Seattle earning a spot as host city of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, “Scarves! is led by SEA 2026 Bid Committee Member and Chief Operating Officer of Sounders FC Maya Mendoza-Exstromas well as several young people from the NewHolly community.

On the field, the players wear special outfits adidas Unity Warm Up Topsfollowed by match shirts which feature Juneteenth Inspired Jersey Numbers. The digital art was designed by Judah, a black queer artist from Childersburg, Alabama, and the vibrant yellow, green, and red color palette represents the blood, soil, and prosperity of Africa and its people.

All Juneteenth game-worn jerseys across the league will be available for fans to purchase via an online auction from June 20 through July 5. The mission of the RAVE Foundation is to provide free playgrounds and soccer experiences to youth furthest from fair play, with an emphasis on serving youth in the black community. Additional auction information, including how to place a bid, is available at MLSauctions.com.

Fan activities don’t stop after the game. Of 2:30-6:00 PM PTbetween Sounders FC and OL Reign matches of the day, fans can join Sounders FC, OL Reign and Intentionalist to support black-owned small businesseswith an afternoon of food, drink, live music and games all taking place on Occidental Avenue South outside the WAMU Theater.

Black-owned food trucks will be on site serving a variety of delicious dishes with special offers for customers including: Zuri’s Gourmet Donutz (free donut for the first 50 customers), Umami Kushi (free casserole for the first 50 customers), Taste of Congo (free meal for the first 25 customers), Afella Jollof (free meal for the first 25 customers) and Ma and Pops (free popsicle for the first 50 customers). A beer garden is also available, with beer from Métier Brewing Company, the first black-owned brewery in Washington. Along with live music and family games, the Sounders FC CCL Trophy will also be on display.

For more information regarding any of the activities mentioned here, please contact a member of Sounders FC Communications. To learn more about Sounders FC game days, health and safety and how to prepare to attend a game, visit SoundersFC.com/Matchday/Know-Before-You-Go.

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