Since my iPhone goes with me everywhere now, it is also my go-to camera these days.
There was a respite from the rain as we exited FX McRory's Restaurant near the stadium a little after 6:00 to pick up the March to the Match as it swung around the corner on Occidental. I was excited to be able to participate in the songs and chants again.
We stayed with the Emerald City Supporters on past the stadium for a while, and then returned to the north end, where the band, Sound Wave, was entertaining the arriving fans.
In the background you can see the brand new condominium building now situated in what used to be the north parking lot. It is encased in mirror glass and reflects the sky and the stadium.
We went in through the security gates and began the climb to the third tier up the ramp. I can do that now and it's good exercise. And the band played on.
Up at the top, we looked out over the area where Bertha is stuck underground in our own version of the Big Dig, out beyond that to the freight docks, and beyond that to the squall that was coming in over the sound.
There are good views up here.
Rain was eminent.
But we did have time to walk around a bit and take in the perspective from the platform where the 12th Man flag is raised for the Seahawks. The Sounders flag flies without ceremony.
The rain hit just before first kick. We were happy to be under cover, but with swirling winds we did get some rain blowing in. I was happy to be dressed in my rain pants and jacket.
It turned out to be a tough loss for the Sounders and us supporters, with a tie breaking goal by Columbus in extra time in the final 94th minute. When we did that to Kansas City a few weeks ago it was great, but when it happens to your team, it hurts.
But I had a great day and I had fun and I didn't let the loss spoil my mood.
And now today I see a little sun shine! Is it time for walkies?