REAL SALT LAKE GAMEDAY EVENTS: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 v. LA GALAXY
Super-Sized Carnival Real Comes to Rio Tinto Stadium before Wednesday’s Western Conference Showdown;
After the Match, Zions Bank “Summer Kickoff” Continues With a Special Concert by American Idol Winner David Cook
SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, June 8, 2010) – After a whirlwind trip to the Nation’s Capital last week, Real Salt Lake (6-3-2, 20 pts.) settles back at home this Wednesday, June 9, for one of the 2010 MLS season’s most high-profile contests to date, the second and final MLS Cup 2009 rematch between RSL and the Los Angeles Galaxy (10-0-2, 32 pts.). The showdown between the two hottest teams in Major League Soccer, part of the night’s “Zions Bank Summer Kickoff,” is slated for a 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium, while the special night in Sandy will conclude with a post-game concert by American Idol winner David Cook.
Tickets for Wednesday’s massive Western Conference match-up are still available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com and www.RioTintoStadium.com, over the phone at 888-727-2702, 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.
American Idol Winner David Cook to Close-out Summer Kickoff with Post-game Concert
As part of the “Zions Bank Summer Kickoff,” fans coming to Wednesday night’s match will be treated to a special performance by the winner of American Idol’s seventh season, David Cook. Cook will warm up for his post-game show by singing the National Anthem during pre-game ceremonies before capping the evening with a concert on Rio Tinto Stadium’s south-end stage immediately following the match.
Cook stormed the international music scene with his performances in late 2007 and early 2008 on the hit show American Idol, winning the competition in May 2008. Just one week later, the Houston-born singer broke several Billboard chart records, most notably his record-shattering feat of having 11 songs debut on the Hot 100, beating the previous record set by Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) in 2006, when she had six songs debut. Wednesday’s event is presented by Zions Bank as a celebration of the beginning of summer, and as congratulations to all students finishing another school year.
Zions Bank’s “Kick Off to Summer” Highlights Wednesday’s Festivities
Fans will have plenty of reasons to find their seats early before Wednesday’s 7:00 p.m. kickoff, as the “Zions Bank Summer Kickoff” pre-game show will be one not to miss. The events will start after player warm-ups with a “Countdown to Summer,” featuring a spectacular pyrotechnic display lighting up the summer night in Sandy and RSL Founder and Co-owner Dave Checketts congratulating the captains of the Utah High School State Soccer Champions for a recognition ceremony at midfield, followed by the group doing their own kickoff to summer by booting RSL/Zions Bank soccer balls to fans in the stands.
The captains will then be joined at midfield by the club’s special guest that evening, eight-year-old Tomas Hollenbach, an avid fan of the Claret-and-Cobalt who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. The pre-game celebration will continue with RSL fans participating in the Parade of Kings and the unveiling of the USA flag, precluding the singing of the National Anthem by David Cook.
At halftime, more of the state’s best and brightest high school students will be honored during the Zions Bank “Outstanding Student” recognition. Nearly 30 valedictorians from across Utah will be singled out at midfield by Zions Bank, with each student receiving a Real Salt Lake scarf as a gift from Utah’s MLS side.
Real Salt Lake and Zions Bank are also honored to host the two winners of the Zions Bank “Ultimate Summer Kickoff” contest for Wednesday’s big night at Rio Tinto Stadium, Baylie Ashley and Lisa Haggerty, each of whom raised enough money to purchase 30 mosquito nets on behalf of the Nothing But Nets campaign. For their efforts in the fight to end malaria, both winners will get a limousine ride to Rio Tinto Stadium, courtesy of Royal Limousine, to watch the RSL-Galaxy match with 25 of their friends; an on-field VIP recognition on the stadium VideoBoard; VIP access for the David Cook post-game concert; and access to a special meet-and-greet with the American Idol winner following the show.
Carnival Real Stepping Up Wednesday to Match Grandeur of Big Game v. Galaxy
In light of the match up between the two hottest teams in Major League Soccer, Zions Bank will help Real Salt Lake take the usual excitement of the Carnival Real pre-game festival to the next level for Wednesday’s showdown against the Galaxy. Opening two hours before kickoff at 5:00 p.m. MT, Carnival Real will have even more activities for RSL fans young and old on the Stadium’s East Lawn, including Zions Bank’s “Cash Cube,” additional inflatable games for kids (bounce houses, an obstacle course, and a giant slide), a live performance by Utah High School PTA Battle of the Bands finalist “Fair Enough,” and the usual bevy of sponsor booths and giveaways.
Speaking of those friends of RSL that will help keep Carnival Real hopping on Wednesday night, participating sponsors at Carnival Real will include: Budweiser (“Designated Driver of the Game” sign-up), Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, KFC (“Colonel’s Corner” voucher redemption and halftime “Bucket Brigade” sign-up), Mountain America Credit Union (inflatable target kick), State Farm Insurance, Wasatch Property, and XanGo all scheduled to be on hand on Wednesday evening. Once gates to Rio Tinto Stadium open at 6:00 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.
RSLexpress Offering Hot Deals on Hot Dogs, Merchandise on Wednesday Night
Nothing complements a nice summer evening like a good, old-fashioned hot dog … and RSLexpress wants fans to enjoy Wednesday’s Zions Bank “Kick Off to Summer” at Rio Tinto Stadium even more by taking advantage of a dollar discount on hot dogs when ordered through the in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia. If a hot dog isn’t enough to satisfy, then it might be time to try the new “RSL Meal Deal,” which Wednesday night includes a Jumbo hot dog, potato chips, and a Fiji Water for just $7.50 (reg. $10.00).
In addition to food service, RSLexpress is now partnering with the RSL Team Store to help fans keep their eyes on the ball throughout the match. And speaking of, this week’s RSL Express/RSL Team Store special will allow fans to take home a ball of their own, as a free replica size 5 RSL soccer ball will be included with the delivery order of a 2010 White Away RSL replica jersey.
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.
Cottonwood High School Senior Honored as RSL/American Express “Hero Among Us”
For Wednesday night’s “Heroes Among Us” award, Real Salt Lake and American Express will honor Sam Kaplan, whose efforts to swing for the fences against breast cancer makes him the latest recipient of the recognition reserved for everyday citizens doing extraordinary things.
Kaplan, a baseball player at Murray’s Cottonwood High School, spearheaded an effort to have his Colts incorporate pink into their uniforms in the name of breast cancer awareness before approaching local rival Brighton High School to do the same for their meeting on March 27th. The graduating senior’s efforts helped make that game the first high school baseball contest held in the State of Utah dedicated towards the promotion of the fight against breast cancer.
To further help the impact of the event spread, Kaplan also enlisted the help of Rowland Hall softball coach and breast cancer survivor Kelly Howa, who after beating the disease in 2002 formed Swing for Life, a nonprofit organization that has raised awareness via sporting events throughout the state, including the Cottonwood-Brighton contest. In addition, representatives from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Image Reborn Foundation also participated to support and provide information on the fight against breast cancer.
More than $1,000 from concession proceeds that day were donated to Swing for Life, but for Kaplan the game was about much more than that, as he explained it was simply a good way to raise awareness in the community about a disease that affects mothers, teachers, and friends that do so much for students like him. For his community involvement in cleats, Real Salt Lake and American Express congratulate Sam Kaplan for being a true “Hero Among Us.”