In 1976 the North American Soccer League Seattle Sounders grew up and graduated to the spacious new Kingdome. The club also got its first-ever playoff win, over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
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The Sounders wnet 14-10 in 1976, but it was good enough for a first-round match against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the NASL playoffs. Seattle took the match before over 30,000 fans in the Kingdome on a goal from Geoff Hurst. The next round wasn’t as kind as Seattle fell before over 50,000 fans in Minnesota to the Kicks, 3:0.
The year is remembered for the move to the Kingdome, which also hosted Soccer Bowl 76 (won by Toronto 3:0 over Minnesota). The Dome was a challenge for fans who had loved the intimacy of Memorial Stadium. However, the Sounders averaged nearly 24,000 fans per match as their attendance continued to rise.