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Soccer fans in Seattle have pulled together to support local restaurants impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, donating over $1 million in grants.
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The pandemic hit sports teams hard, restricting access for fans so that any ongoing season has felt more like a practice session than a typical game day.
The impact on local restaurants has been more significant: restrictions on indoor dining complicate business as it is, but the lack of fans to attend games has further reduced income on what would be otherwise booming days.
Seattle Sounders FC club majority owner Adrian Hanauer established a fund in April to issue grants to those businesses that would struggle, making an initial investment of $500,000.
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Since then, a total of 134 small businesses and 785 individuals have received a combined total of $1,104,340 in relief – money that came with no restrictions or requirements, according to the club's website.
“There were folks that had no other means of getting relief," Maya Mendoza-Exstrom, Sounders senior vice president of legal and external affairs, told the Seattle Times. "You’re talking about shift workers at hotels, janitorial service staff that’s contracted to clean CenturyLink Field, we’re talking about hot dog vendors … we were able to get to a lot of those people that didn’t have other means to get relief in that really critical time.”
The Seattle Sounders FC have continued to sell tickets for next season, but those sales include notes that there may need to be alterations, depending on how things progress over the next year.