The XFL’s Seattle Dragons are opening up more sections of CenturyLink Field after experiencing a high demand for tickets to their home opener this weekend.
The team announced Monday that Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Vipers will now have more tickets available after a thrilling first week that caught the interest of millions. Fans can score single-game Dragons tickets for as little as $24 while season tickets, which grant entry into five home games, start at $20.
🚨 Ticket alert 🚨
Due to demand, the Dragons will open additional seating sections @CenturyLink_Fld.
Season tickets start at $20 and single-game tickets start at $24.
— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 10, 2020
In conjunction with the influx of fans expected for the game, CenturyLink Field has announced plans to go cashless. The venue will now only support credit and debit transactions as part of “an effort to boost guest experience through faster lines and more efficient sales processes.”
Those who prefer to use cash will be able to transfer amounts as little as $1 onto a prepaid card at one of the stadium’s ten kiosks. Cards from these stations will be accepted anywhere inside the stadium. However, stadium officials noted that card transactions already make up roughly 75 percent of all fan purchases at events to make the new transition a smooth one.
The Seattle Dragons spent their first week of the inaugural season in Washington, D.C., where they fell to the Defenders 31-19 but sparked a phenomenal interest in football fans. That bout, which was one of four games to broadcast nationwide, saw the D.C. Defenders drum up significant demand for tickets and out-priced the Washington Redskins several times over to mark an early success for the XFL.
As Seattle prepares to take the field in their home opener, it appears the XFL craze has also hit the Pacific Northwest. The Dragons-Defenders game earned the highest viewership ratings in the Seattle market, according to ESPN. Cleveland, Columbus, Kansas City – none of which field XFL teams – followed as the next top viewing markets.
The heightened interest in XFL football in Seattle comes in as the city experiences a sports lull. The Seattle Seahawks came up short in NFL playoffs in the Divisional Round, while the MLB’s Mariners are still more than a month out before Opening Day, leaving the Dragons to fill the city’s major sports void.