A 43-minute delay because of storms did nothing to dampen the atmosphere at the U.S. Open Cup final Wednesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Sporting KC’s fans were the majority of the crowd at the sold-out stadium. And nobody would accuse them of either being timid or failing to express themselves as their team faced the three-time defending champion Seattle Sounders.
The fans started streaming into the stadium an hour before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff, scrambling first to seats in the north and south stands and gradually filling up the middle as the rain cleared.
The loyalists set up camp — and large drums — behind the goal on the north side as Seattle’s travelling crowd gathered in a lonely green patch on the southwest side.
But the fans had to wait for more than an hour as rain swept over the grounds, forcing the teams to stay in their locker rooms.
Some Sporting KC fans took a double rainbow, which appeared in the east as the teams came out to warm up, as a good omen.
Before the match started, there was a moment of silence for Kirk Urso, the 22-year old Columbus Crew midfielder who died on Sunday night.
After the match, fans in the Members Club were invited to celebration with owner Robb Heinemann.
“We’re just going to celebrate the fact that we as an organization have come a long way and these are the kind of moments that we want to celebrate with our fans and we look forward to that,” Heinemann said before the match started.