It's Rapids 2008 Opening Week!

COMMERCE CITY CO (Monday March 24 2008) – The Colorado Rapids have announced their "2008 Opening Week" schedule a week-long series of events leading up to the team’s 2008 Opening Day taking place this Saturday March 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against the Los Angeles Galaxy!

This week’s events will celebrate the kickoff of the Rapids’ 13th season as the Rapids organization including players coaches staff and mascots as well as the club's fans participate in public events every day of the week designed to build excitement leading up to Opening Day on Saturday!
Details of the each of the week-long series of events are as follows:
Monday March 24 6-7pm: Centennial Firm Supporters Club Happy Hour
Join the C-Firm for an official supporters club Happy Hour to kick off the 2008 season! The event will be held at the British Bulldog located at 20th and Stout Streets in Lodo. Bring your friends who want to find out more about joining a Rapids supporters club and help recruit more members! There'll be food drinks and soccer on the TV's so stop on by! There will also be a Pub Quiz with a $1000 prize up for grabs! For more info. visit the Centennial Firm's official website or send an email to badgerjohn@hotmail.com. This event is open to fans 21 years of age or older.
Tuesday March 25 2-3pm: Team Visit to Medical Center of Aurora
Rapids players and coaches will continue their annual tradition of visiting the patients in the Oncology and Pediatrics Units at the Medical Center of Aurora. The players coaches and mascots will visit with patients sign autographs and pose for photos. This event is closed to the public except for media members.
Wednesday March 26 6-7:30pm: Rapids Kickoff Party at Casey’s
Rapids players and mascots will be on-hand at Casey’s Bistro & Pub serving as guest bartenders for this special season kickoff party. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes such as Rapids merchandise and tickets to the team’s season opener as well as get the chance to get autographs and pose for photos with the players and mascots. The event is free to attend and fans of all ages are encouraged to come join us down at Casey’s located at 29th and Quebec Streets in Stapleton to kick off the season in grand fashion!
Thursday March 27 4:30-6:30pm: Rapids Community Soccer Clinic
The Rapids will be hosting a free soccer clinic for pre-selected Commerce City recreational teams with Rapids players and coaches on hand giving instruction and guidance for kids ages 10-11 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park! The Rapids Soccer Clinic will also be held in conjunction with MLS partner Nothing But Nets a global grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria a leading killer of children in Africa. Kids in attendance will get the chance to meet and learn soccer skills and get autographs from their favorite Rapids players up close and personal!
Friday March 28 10am-noon: Rapids Team Photo Day
Media are invited to come to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as the Rapids practice for the first time this year inside the stadium on their match pitch wearing their home uniforms. Prior to the team’s training session the Rapids will take their 2008 Official Team Photo and media members are offered this exclusive behind-the-scenes photo opportunity. Players and coaches will also be available after the Team Photo and Training Session for one-on-one interviews and photos.

Saturday March 29 7:30pm: Rapids 2008 Opening Day
The Colorado Rapids’ 13th season kicks off as the club begins their second year at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7:30pm vs. the LA Galaxy. Last year the Rapids opened their new stadium in dramatic fashion claiming a 2-1 victory over D.C. United. Limited tickets are still available for this match but fans are encouraged to purchase theirs as soon as possible before the match sells out! Buy your tickets now by clicking here before it's too late!

For more information on any of the Colorado Rapids' 2008 Opening Week events please call the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL! See you out and about all over town during the week as the excitement builds towards Opening Day!