Best Sports Venue

Starfire

I was into my third year as a Sounders season-ticket holder before I discovered what a blast games at Tukwila's Starfire were. If there are roughly 36,000 of us, and the 4,500-seat Starfire doesn't always sell out for the reserves, U.S. Open Cup, Sounders Women, or U-23 games it hosts, plenty of others haven't figured that out either. So take my advice and don't deprive yourself anymore. Seats are cheap, as are the eats (the pulled-pork sandwiches are winners); the front row of bleachers is just a few yards from, and on the same level as, the pitch (hear what the players yell to each other!); and as the team leaves the field, you can line up for photos and autographs. It's an opportunity to see professional athletes in a small-town, Class-A-baseball atmosphere. Summer evenings don't get any funner. GAVIN BORCHERT 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, 431-3232, starfiresports.com, soundersfc.com

 
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