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Amidst all the chaos following the Sounders’ red card frenzy against Portland Timbers in the US Open Cup last night, there has been some good news for EA Sports FIFA-playing Sounders fans following one of the biggest gaming conventions of the year: E3.
In FIFA 16’s promotional video showcased at this year’s event, one thing stood out for Sounders fans: CenturyLink Field was shown as a stadium showcase of in-game footage.
This screengrab, pulled directly from the video (at 0:20 in case you’re searching), shows that finally Seattle Sounders fans will be able to play with the club’s real home ground, as opposed to Stadion Hanguk (a stadium doesn’t actually exist outside of the game), which is recognized as the Sounders’ home in FIFA 15, the current edition of EA’s yearly soccer smash-hits.
The video, watchable in full below, began by showcasing some of the most prestigious stadiums in the world, from FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park, and then proceeded to throw a curve ball at the MLS-loving world by showing the first licensed MLS stadium in the franchise’s history.
CenturyLink Field will be used, presumably, whenever the Sounders are playing at home in Career Mode, Online Seasons, or any other game mode that ties stadiums to clubs. As a featured update of FIFA 15, EA added all 20 Barclays Premier League stadiums to the game, and all 20 were available for purchase and use in the game’s Ultimate Team game mode, where players can buy any stadium they like and assign it as the home stadium for whatever team they assemble, so it’s probably safe to assume that FIFA 16 Ultimate Team will have CenturyLink Field as an available stadium.
CenturyLink’s introduction to the gaming scene is one that’s not entirely surprising, given the tremendous attendance it sees every matchday, especially by MLS’ standards. This season the Sounders’ home ground boasts the highest average attendance in the league at 40,248, which would make them the 8th highest in England’s prestigious Barclays Premier League, ahead of such giants in the soccer world as Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, and just behind the 2014-15 Premier League champions Chelsea (who managed an average attendance of 41,546).
CenturyLink will also be one of the highest capacity stadiums in FIFA 16, as its 67,000 capacity makes it the 13th highest capacity stadium in the game, ahead of the home grounds of many prestigious teams.
Needless to say, numerous FIFA players from around the world will be using the Sounders’ home ground in next year’s edition of the game.