REAL SALT LAKE GAMEDAY EVENTS: FRIDAY, JULY 2 v. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
8:00 p.m. Kickoff for Annual Independence Day Weekend Match and Post-game Fireworks Celebration both Presented by Les Olson Company;
Fans Encouraged to Print “Welcome Back Robbie Findley” Signs for 10th Minute Tribute to RSL/USA Striker;
Carnival Real Opens at 6:00 p.m. for Festive Night in Sandy
SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, June 30, 2010) – It will be “Home Sweet Home” once again for Real Salt Lake (7-3-3, 24 pts.; 2nd in West) this Friday, July 2, when the Utah side will look to continue its eight-game MLS undefeated run and 17-match home unbeaten streak in League play against the New England Revolution (3-8-2, 11 pts.; 6th in East). Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy for RSL’s annual Independence Day Weekend contest is slated for 8:00 p.m. MT to accommodate the night’s Post-game Fireworks Celebration, which along with the contest will be presented by Les Olson Company.
Tickets for the RSL-Revolution match are still available online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the phone at 801-727-2702, and in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on weekdays and beginning at 10:00 a.m. MT on gameday. Friday night’s contest will not be televised locally, but fans that can’t make it down to Sandy can follow the action live by tuning into RSL’s official radio partners – KALL 700 Sports (English), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM and Homero 106.1-FM (Spanish) – or by checking into RSL’s Official Twitter feed, located at www.Twitter.com/RealSaltLake.
Details Regarding Friday’s Post-game Fireworks Extravaganza, Presented by Les Olson Company
Friday's Post-game Fireworks Celebration, presented by Les Olson Company, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the end of Friday’s final whistle. Please note that, in accordance with local safety guidelines regarding the display's firing zone, Rio Tinto Stadium officials will close the north side of the Stadium Way ring road beginning in the 75th minute of the match and will re-open the road 10 minutes following the fireworks show.
Due to this closure affecting the northwest Spanish staircase entrance, fans are encouraged to remain in the stadium briefly following the fireworks display. Fans with vehicles parked in the Stadium’s North lots (including 9000 South and Monroe Way) will not be able to access the pedestrian bridge from the 75th minute until the 10-minute post-display window has expired. All remaining entrances/exits will not be impacted by this temporary road closure.
Fans Encouraged to Print “Welcome Back Robbie Findley” Signs for 10th Minute Tribute to RSL/USA Striker
To honor the return of U.S. Men’s National Team forward Robbie Findley to his Real Salt Lake home, fans attending this Friday night’s game, presented by Les Olson Company, are encouraged to take part in a planned 10th minute tribute to the 24-year-old striker. Fans can click here to download the sign, which everyone at Rio Tinto Stadium will be prompted to hold up for the entirety of the 10th minute on Friday night. While Les Olson Company will provide signs for the first 3,000 attendees through the gates, fans are encouraged to print off multiple signs to bring with them to the match to ensure that as many fans as possible will have a sign to hold during the recognition.
Carnival Real Kicks off Friday Night’s Entertainment at 6:00 p.m.
To get everyone ready for the big game in Sandy on Friday night, the popular Carnival Real pre-game festival on the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium will open up two hours before kickoff at 6:00 p.m. MT.
Participating sponsors at this Friday night’s edition of Carnival Real will include: Budweiser (“Designated Driver of the Game” sign-up), Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, Hinckley Dodge, KB5/KyleBeckerman.com, KFC (halftime “Bucket Brigade” sign-up), Les Olson Company (register to win a FREE television!), Mountain America Credit Union (inflatable target kick), Play N Trade, Wasatch Property, and XanGo.
Once gates to Rio Tinto Stadium open at 7:00 p.m., fans will also get the chance to visit the Comcast and Utah Department of Public Safety (“Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sign-up) booths located on the north concourse leading up to kickoff. On the way into Rio Tinto Staidum, Les Olson Company will be handing out 3,000 of the “Robbie Findley Tribute” signs for the 10th minute recognition in addition to free wristbands and informational flyers to promote the prevention of West Nile Virus. Once in the house, fans will also be able to enjoy the always-entertaining ZOOperstars throughout the night, as the mascot troupe will be performing both at halftime and following the match to help get fans warmed up for the Les Olson Post-game Fireworks Celebration.
RSLexpress Offering $1 Off Cinnamon and Sugar Delights Under Fireworks’ Lights!
If you know you’ll have a sweet tooth at Friday’s game, then RSLexpress has a sweet deal for you, as this game’s special will knock one dollar off Churros during the match. This discount on everyone’s favorite south-of-the-border treat is only available when ordered through the RSLexpress in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia.
You may not train like the pros, but you can still dress like them! Thanks to RSLexpress and the RSL Team Store, fans can avoid the lines and purchase their Red Long-Sleeve RSL Training Top for just $55 (reg. $75) without leaving the comfort of their own seat! And while you’re at it have something for the kids delivered too – youth size RSL T-Shirts will be available from RSLexpress for just $11.50 (reg. $16).
RSLexpress allows fans to never miss a minute of the action, as RSL faithful can now get food, drinks, and merchandise delivered to their seats all by using their mobile phone. It’s easy to use RSLexpress, and creating an account is free! For more information, including how to create an account or order from a specific mobile phone, just visit www.RSLexpress.com or contact a Mangia representative via phone at 877-762-6442.
Broc Stutz Honored as Friday’s RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us”
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to honor Broc Stutz as this Friday’s recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” award for not once, but twice coming to the aid of strangers in need in recent months.
The West Jordan native first came to the aid of a fellow Comfort Inn & Suites employee whose purse was snatched by a robber on the property, chasing the perpetrator through Pioneer Park – and suffering a bruised jaw in the process – before police were able to intervene. Then this past February, Stutz noticed an elderly man that had slipped on ice on an adjacent property and suffered a severe cut to his head. In a heavy snowstorm, Stutz rushed to the man’s aid with blankets in tow to help the gentleman stay warm and stave off shock until paramedics arrived 20 minutes later.
Stutz serves as a fine example not only to his own children, but to the youth soccer players he coaches for Utah Soccer Alliance and in the Kearns Recreational League. For his shining examples of helping others in need, RSL and American Express are proud to present Stutz with an RSL jersey that signifies him as a true “Hero Among Us.”
Group & Guest Recognitions
- RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us” – Broc Stutz
- OhMyCrafts.com “Mom of the Match” – Patrece Johnson
- National Anthem performer – 2010 Miss Utah, Christina Lowe
- US Bank Little Leo of the Game – Jose Leyva
- Starting XI “Dream Team” – Mountain America Credit Union
- Pre-game Parade of Kings participants – TC United, The Firebirds, Green Goblins, Western Lights, Classic Tournament Participants, and Les Olson Company