SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake announced on Monday that the club will host Star Wars Day during its May 4 match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. The 7:00 p.m. MT kickoff will feature interactive games, costumed characters and promotions inspired by George Lucas’ iconic film series.
Real Salt Lake fans who attend the match dressed in a Star Wars costume will have the opportunity to march on the field in the Parade of Kings, with up to 300 fans allowed on the Rio Tinto Stadium pitch for the pregame procession. Fans interested in participating in the Parade of Kings must show up to the southwest tunnel of Rio Tinto Stadium by 6:15 p.m. MT at the latest in order to march.
Star Wars characters will be stationed throughout Rio Tinto Stadium both before and during the match, with Darth Vader performing the pregame coin toss and “Imperial Security” standing field side for portions of the match. Additionally, Darth Vader, RSL mascot Leo the Lion and numerous other Star Wars characters will play interactive games and be available for photo-ops at Carnival Real beginning at 5:00 p.m. MT before moving inside the stadium when gates open at 6:00 p.m. MT.
In accordance with league policy, fans will NOT be allowed to bring weapons of any kind into Rio Tinto Stadium for the game. That means no lightsabers, blasters or any other Star Wars related weapons.