Sounders FC celebrates mission to “Defend the Right to Play” at Saturday’s match, recognizing work of RAVE Foundation and Fan-Funded Field initiative

This Saturday, July 23, Sounders FC hosts the Colorado Rapids (7pm PT / FOX 13+, Prime Video, 93.3 KJR FM, El Rey 1360) in a game presented by Matchday sponsor Zulilythe club celebrates its mission Defend the right to gamble, one of Sounders FC’s four core social justice arenas for change, supported by the team’s official Social Justice Framework, and an important part of the mission of the organization’s nonprofit arm, the RAVE Foundation. Defending the right to play is based on the belief that play is a right, not a privilege, and the RAVE Foundation’s community work aims to remove barriers to play by providing access for youth in Washington state that are furthest from fair play.

Saturday’s Defend the Right to Play-themed match is designed to provide fans with an opportunity to learn more and rally support for the RAVE Foundation and their 26 by 2026 initiative, which aims to get there in time for FIFA World 26 Fields for free play to be built statewide for Cup 2026. The fields built by the campaign will additionally anchor RAVE programs designed to help children learn to be healthy and have joy. For more information about RAVE’s vision, visit RaveFoundation.org/Fields.

Sounders FC fans – some of football’s most passionate – joined the 26-2026 effort by recently committing to fund one of the 26 fields in RAVE’s plan. Announced last month, this fan-funded field project is a focus for Saturday’s game. Fans who wish to help fund this area can visit the website https://secure.givelively.org/donate/rave-foundation/fan-funded-field.

With neighbors Seattle Mariners playing Houston Astros Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT in front of what is expected to be a sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Park, fans attending the Sounders FC game later in the evening should plan for it Arrive early and be prepared for heavier traffic than usual if driving in the SoDo neighborhood and are encouraged to consider public transit. Additionally, fans should note that WSDOT’s Revive I-5 project will continue this weekend, with southbound I-5 lanes reducing from Friday 10:00 p.m. PT to Monday 5:00 a.m. PT.

Outside the stadium, the fans have reason to be happy sound check in Occidental Square Park. This public pre-match event takes place on Saturday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm PT. Fans can stop by the park to enjoy a party atmosphere with games, giveaways and a special performance School of Rock Seattlea group of talented young musicians who perform regularly throughout the Seattle area and beyond, including notable events and festivals such as Capitol Hill Block Party, Summerfest, Bumbershoot and more.

The supporters of the Emerald City March to the game then exits Occidental Square Park at 6:00 PM PT toward Lumen Field.

When the fans enter the stadium, they have the opportunity to do so Donate $20.26 to the fan-funded field in exchange for one exclusive Summer With The Champs poster. Paypal, Venmo or credit card payments are accepted, and fans can get a memento of the team’s popular celebratory summer campaign while also donating to a good cause. The posters will also be available for sale at the Lumen Field Pro Shop – proceeds benefit the Fan-Funded Field.

At Lumen Field North Plaza, the spirit of the game comes alive and fans can enjoy the summer with the Sounders with a huge beach scene, complete with volleyball, badminton and free play with oversized inflatable soccer balls. Fans can recreate their own Summer With The Champs images using life-size player cutouts, floaties, boogie boards and other fun props, and the club and RAVE Foundation will amplify posts shared on social media tag @RaveFound and use #FanFundedField.

In the middle of the north square is a giant Fan-funded field chalk artand fans are encouraged to decorate this space with their own field name suggestions.

The featured Food truck North Plaza is on Saturday Seoul bowl. Procured in partnership with Intentionalist, these trucks support local, multi-owned small businesses.

Fans can also secure a special treat and support a local business by visiting PNW Marketplace Concession area located on the East Concourse outside of Section 113. At tomorrow’s game El Cabrito is equipped with a special pop-up venue serving its Oaxacan cuisine prepared from scratch.

In the Northwest Marshalling area, Clemson University will be on hand with an interactive booth giving fans the opportunity to experience something Blind Soccer. Sounders FC is partnering with Clemson to host one adaptive football training clinic this weekend to support the right to play for all. The camp is made up of veterans and professionals who work with veterans, with participants earning a US Soccer Grassroots coaching certification, a mental health first aid certification, and adaptive soccer coaching. As part of the camp, Sounders FC, in partnership with Clemson, US Department of Veterans Affairs and US Soccer, courtesy of Socios.com, will host camp attendees at the game.

Talented young local musician Nikhil Bagga busking around West Field Plaza providing live entertainment for fans before the game.

El Jimador offers fans aged 21+ a Photomosaic experienceand all states is upgrade seats at the match for two lucky winners plus one guest. Fans can enter the Allstate Upgrade by scanning the QR code from the signage inside the stadium before kick-off. Winners will be notified shortly after the game begins and will also have the opportunity to participate in the Final 20 experience and watch the final 20 minutes from the sidelines.

Due to fan demand, the Lumen Field Pro Shop also offers SEA 2026 scarves for sale. The scarf celebrates Seattle’s successful bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

That national anthem is performed by Jonathan Wright, and immediately before kick-off “Scarves up!” is led by participants in the RAVE Foundation’s Summer With The Champs Photo Challenge, which asked fans to recreate iconic Summer With The Champs scenes at home.

At mid-game, the RAVE Foundation is celebrating the 15 field sites – up from their final goal of 26 – to be completed by the end of 2022. The fields are represented on the field by flags carried by RAVE donors and volunteers, and Alliance Council members carrying the Fan Funded Field flag.

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

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