First 5000 Fans Into Stadium Saturday Night Will Receive Free Crested Butte Ski Lift Ticket!

DENVER CO (Colorado Rapids Press Release)- The Colorado Rapids announced today that the first 5000 fans into the stadium for the 2005 Western Conference Championship between the Rapids and the Los Angeles Galaxy which will kick off at 7:00 p.m. (MT) this Saturday November 5th at INVESCO Field at Mile High will receive a free ski lift ticket courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

The Rapids reached the Western Conference Championship after defeating FC Dallas in the home-and-home Conference Semifinal series. Both teams played one of the most dramatic games in the history of MLS at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday October 29th after tying 0-0 in Denver the week prior.

After finishing regulation time tied at one goal per team the Black & Blue came from behind in extra time to once again tie the match 2-2 and send it to a penalty kicks decision. Fernando Clavijo’s side advanced to the Western Conference Championship after converting all five penalty kicks with goalkeeper Joe Cannon saving the final attempt by FC Dallas.

The LA Galaxy reached this Conference Championship after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes on a 4-2 aggregate score in the other semifinal series.

With the 2005/06 ski season on its way Crested Butte is scheduled to open on November 19 2005. Big open and uncrowded Crested Butte is a "Great Colorado Ski Town" and a true winter paradise. Skiers and snowboarders will revel on the Mountain’s thousand plus acres of terrain ranging from beginner groomers to extreme gladed steeps. Fifteen chair lifts service 2700 feet of vertical relief. The terrain park and new Superpipe offer innovative options for aspiring and experienced freestylers.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers programs ranging from adult and kids ski and snowboard classes to race workshops and special programs. More than 1000 acres and 2775 vertical feet (lift served) of varied terrain await skiers and boarders of all abilities.

For more information on Saturday night’s giveaway fans can call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL.