Photo by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer
Defender Kosuke Kimura gave the Rapids a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas on July 11, 2009, with a game winning goal in the 80th minute.
Dick’s Sporting Good’s field, home to the Colorado Rapids opened in 2007. The state-of-the-art soccer complex can accommodate a crowd of 26,000, and is built on 360 acres of land in Commerce City. In addition to the stadium, the site features 24 soccer fields, two of which are artificial grass allowing for year-round play. The complex is also home to the Mile High Music Festival, attracting thousands each summer.
The Colorado Rapids are coached by Englishman Gary Smith and led by veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni. The team is comprised of two homegrown favorites: Conor Casey, a forward from Denver, and midfielder Colin Clark, who grew up in Fort Collins.
Rapids matches are fun and affordable. Tickets start as low as $12 (group deals are available). The affordability makes Rapids matches a great family activity, and with four mascots running around the stadium during the matches, children are always entertained.
Colorado Rapids matches are televised on Altitude TV, the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) and occasionally on ESPN. Stonehouse Grill in Fort Collins and the British Bulldog in Denver, are two great local joints to watch soccer. Tonight, the Colorado Rapids play NY Red Bulls at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Tickets still available at www.ColoradoRapids.com, or your local Dick’s Sporting Goods store.