REAL SALT LAKE GAMEDAY EVENTS: Saturday July 24 v. Chivas USA
8:00 p.m. Kickoff for Annual Pioneer Day Match and Post-game Fireworks Celebration Presented by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
SANDY, Utah (Friday, July 23, 2010) – After a short two-game road stint, MLS’ best home-field advantage will once again be in play for Real Salt Lake (9-4-3, 30 pts.; 2nd in West) tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will look to continue their 18-game undefeated streak in League play at Rio Tinto Stadium when they take on Chivas USA (4-9-2, 14 pts.; 8th in West). Kickoff in Sandy for RSL’s annual Pioneer Day showcase is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MT to accommodate the evening’s Post-game Fireworks Celebration, which along with the contest will be presented by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.
Tickets for Saturday Night Nearly Sold Out!
Less than 1,000 tickets for the RSL-Chivas match remain available as of Friday morning, so fans wanting to secure their seats or use ticket vouchers for the annual Pioneer Day contest at Rio Tinto Stadium are encouraged to act quickly! Tickets for tomorrow night’s match can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the phone at 801-727-2700, 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.
Fans that can’t make it out to Sandy can follow the action live on KUTV2 (over-the-air 2.1, Comcast 2 and 654 HD, Dish Network 2 & Directv 2) or by tuning in to RSL’s official radio partners – ESPN 700 (English), ESPN Deportes 1600-AM and Homero 106.1-FM (Spanish). RSL’s Official Twitter feed will also provide constant updates throughout the contest at www.Twitter.com/RealSaltLake.
Details for Saturday’s Post-game Fireworks Extravaganza, Presented by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
Saturday’s Post-game Fireworks Celebration, presented by Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, will begin approximately 20 minutes after the game’s final whistle. 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 window has expired. All remaining entrances/exits will not be impacted by this temporary road closure.
TRAX to Stay Open 45 Minutes after Fireworks Display on Saturday Night
Utah Transit Authority advises its riders and the public of changes to bus, TRAX and FrontRunner service for Utah’s Pioneer Day holiday. This Saturday, TRAX will run on a Sunday schedule with additional late trains to accommodate the RSL match-up against Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. The final train to depart from the 9400 South/Sandy Expo Station for downtown Salt Lake will leave the station 45 minutes after the conclusion of the fireworks display. For more information on this Saturday’s UTA schedules, visit www.rideUTA.com.
RSL to Recognize Rimando’s 100th Win and 2010 MLS All-Stars
Prior to Saturday’s opening kick, RSL will honor goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who collected his 100th MLS career win in the squad’s last home contest on July 2 against the New England Revolution. Rimando is just the fifth goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 100-win plateau.
In between the final whistle and the night’s fireworks display, Real Salt Lake will also recognize the four members of the Claret-and-Cobalt selected to participate in the 2010 MLS All-Star game – Rimando, midfielders Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales, and defender Jamison Olave. While Beckerman has announced his intention to skip the All-Star festivities to concentrate on returning to 100% following a left foot injury, Morales, Olave, and Rimando will join their fellow MLS players in Houston next Monday in preparation for Wednesday’s 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium against famed English Premier League side Manchester United (6:30 p.m. MT kickoff on ESPN2 and TeleFutura).
Carnival Real Kicks off Saturday Night’s Entertainment at 6:00 p.m.
To get everyone ready for the big game in Sandy on Saturday 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.
While Salt Lake Regional Medical Center will present Saturday’s Carnival Real, several other RSL partners will be present to get fans in the mood to “get the Goats”: Budweiser (“Designated Driver of the Game” sign-up), Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, Cricket, El Observador de Utah, Hinckley Dodge, KB5/KyleBeckerman.com, KFC (Pioneer Day Float), Mountain America Credit Union (inflatable target kick), Pixels Foto & Frame, Play N Trade, Wasatch Property (Real Nation), XINSURANCE, and XanGo. Music at the Carnival will be provided by U92.
Gates open to Rio Tinto Stadium at 7:00 p.m., and once inside the house fans will also have the chance to visit the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Hinckley Dodge Vehicle, ESPN 700, Comcast and Utah Department of Public Safety (“Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sign-up) booths located on the North Concourse. Fans will also be treated to live music on the South Stage by the Party Crashers, starting once gates open and continuing after the match to help fire-up fans for the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Fireworks Celebration.
RSLexpress Offering $1 Off Popcorn Special and $24 Scarves to Celebrate the 24th!
Native Americans discovered popcorn and passed this tasty treat on to the pioneers … to celebrate this Pioneer Day, RSLexpress wants to share this tradition with everyone at Rio Tinto Stadium! At Saturday’s game, fans can get $1 off any size popcorn when ordered through the RSLexpress in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia.
Even in summer, soccer fans know that scarves are the best and most colorful way to show their support, and in an effort to get scarves in the fans’ hands, the RSL Team Store will celebrate this July 24th by selling all scarves for $24 all week and up through the end of Saturday’s contest! And if you order though RSLexpress, you can get those scarves delivered right to your seat at no extra cost during the game.
RSLexpress allows fans to never miss a minute of the action, as the RSL faithful can get food, drinks, and merchandise delivered directly 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.
Mike Millgate Honored as Saturday’s RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us”
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to honor Mike Millgate as this Saturday’s recipient of the “Heroes Among Us” award for going the extra mile – or, as will be the case, miles – for area foster children. Mr. Millgate and his wife recently added to their family by adopting a son through the foster care system, and his kindness and generosity resulted in him being named one of five 2010 “Foster Fathers of the Year” by KSL at its Family Fair at The Gateway last month during Father’s Day weekend.
In future months, Millgate will turn his attention to spreading the word and raising money for the foster care system by hitting the road. When he participates in his first marathon this August, Mike will use the opportunity to earn money for the Utah Foster Care Foundation through his website, http://www.run2100.com, where supporters can donate. The Riverton native is also organizing a team for the Ragnar Relay from Logan to Park City next June, during which he and his team will be wearing “run-2-100” shirts to promote this worthy cause.
For being a loving father to his growing family and serving as a caring example for the foster care system, RSL and American Express are proud to present Mike Millgate with an RSL jersey that signifies him as a true “Hero Among Us.”
Group & Guest Recognitions
- National Anthem performer – Natalie Horton
- OhMyCrafts.com “Mom of the Match” – Sue Berrett
- Starting XI “Dream Team” – La Roca Soccer Club/ Mountain America Credit Union
- Ball Kids – La Roca Soccer Club
- RSL/American Express “Heroes Among Us” – Mike Millgate
- U.S. Bank Little Leo of the Game – Kade Knight
- Pre-game Parade of Kings participants – La Roca Pioneer Cup Tournament & Liga Victor’s Tires Kids
- Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Trainer of Tomorrow – Marshall Stoddard