Arena pleased by agreement to prevent attendance caps at HDC

CARSON, Calif. -- Attendance caps at The Home Depot Center had become an unfortunate occurrence during midweek games over the past year, but Thursday's Knockout Round game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a different case.

Last week, the Galaxy and Cal State Dominguez Hills reached an agreement for the team to sell the all of 20,000 tickets in The HDC' s lower bowl. If that allotment is sold, the club's might then begin to sell seats in the stadium's upper deck and grass berm area. In the past, midweek attendance has been capped due to an agreement that The Home Depot Center's location on the campus of Cal-State Dominguez Hills that prevents more than 7,500 tickets from being sold for games that fall on school nights. 

The agreement was met with joy among many fans and media as well as Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, who was quick to laud the deal. 

"The 7,500 [attendance cap] doesn’t work, it doesn’t produce the type of atmosphere that we think that we need to have," said Arena in his post game press conference following Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. " I don’t think we’ve lost any games where we’ve played in the 7,500 capacity [LA are 2-0-1 since 2011 with capped attendance], but I think it’s important that we get good support on Thursday and it’ll help with the team."