SEATTLE — Fans attending Seattle Sounders home games at Lumen Field can get their COVID-19 vaccine while they're at it.
Beginning Sunday, May 2, people 18 and older attending a Sounders home game can receive free COVID-19 vaccines with no appointments necessary. Vaccinations will be available starting when gates open through the end of the match.
"No wait time or anything," said Austin Kennedy, a Sounders fan who got the Johnson & Johnson shot before Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy.
Fans can choose between receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Those who receive the Moderna can schedule their second dose at any of the city's vaccination hubs.
“Being able to have fans back at Lumen Field this season has been an incredible feeling,” said Sounders FC Owner and President of Business Operations Peter Tomozawa. “However, we didn’t reach this point by chance, and the science behind fighting COVID-19 with vaccinations is science that our club believes in and supports wholeheartedly. We’re thrilled to work with our friends at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Lumen Field, First & Goal Inc. and the City of Seattle to provide this opportunity to our fans, and we encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten their shot yet to do so, whether at a Sounders match or elsewhere in the community.
"We want to get back to normal as soon as possible, with a full stadium singing, cheering and celebrating with the team in person, but that can only happen if we’re all willing to do own individual parts – which includes getting vaccinated and continuing to mask up and follow health protocols.”
There are two vaccination locations: the West Field Plaza outside of section 140 and the East Main Concourse outside section 104.
"People support the Sounders, and it's great that the Sounders want to support us," said Sounders fan Stephanie Birman.
Vaccinations are being administered by the Seattle Fire Department. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is providing staff and volunteers to support the process.
On April 29, Sounders FC announced all First Team players and support staff are being considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All vaccine-eligible players for the Tacoma Defiance and associated support staff are also vaccinated.