Rapids' July 4 Game & Colorado's Best Fireworks Tonight!

Coloradorapids.com - The Colorado Rapids this year will be celebrating the club's annual July 4 Game & Fireworks Extravaganza in spectacular style with the team's 10th Anniversary Independence Day match and celebration on Monday July 4 2005!

Kickoff on the 4th of July will be at 7:30pm MT at INVESCO Field at Mile High and the Rapids will be taking on the Kansas City Wizards. Following the game will be Colorado's biggest and most explosive fireworks show in celebration of America's birthday!

RAPIDS ON THE 4TH: A COLORADO TRADITION
The Rapids' annual July 4 match and fireworks display has become a phenomenon over the years as the extravaganza has become legendary both in Colorado and around the nation with more and more fans each year attending what has become one of the premier entertainment events anywhere.

Widely recognized as the biggest and best celebration of America's birthday in the state of Colorado the Rapids' 10th Annual 4th of July Game & Extravaganza promises to be even bigger and better than in years past and will celebrate a decade of the best independence day event in the Centennial State!

The Rapids are 8-1-0 all time in matches played on the 4th of July in Denver with many of the games finishing in dramatic victories in front of crowds of up to over 61000 fans!

JULY 4 TIMELINE OF EVENTS
9:00am - Will Call Ticket Pickup and Ticket Sales windows open at Invesco Field Box Office
10:00am - Six Flags Elitch Gardens opens for Rapids Combo Ticket Holders
2:00pm - Invesco Field parking lots open
4:00pm - Rapids free Soccer Celebration festival begins outside stadium
5:00pm - Free shuttles begin running from Six Flags to stadium
5:30pm - Rapids Foundation Player-worn Jersey Auction begins inside Gate 10
5:30pm - Invesco Field Gates Open
7:30pm - Kickoff: Colorado Rapids vs. Kansas City Wizards
@8:20pm - Rapids Mascot Game at halftime
@9:30pm - Game Ends; Postgame Entertainment begins on field
@10:00pm - Rapids Fireworks Show begins
Following fireworks: free shuttles begin departing from stadium to Six Flags parking lots
Following fireworks: official Rapids Postgame Party for players staff and fans at Delaney's at the Celtic Tavern (18th and Blake in Lodo).

JULY 4 TICKET INFORMATION
Although tickets are selling very quickly for the Rapids' July 4 game & fireworks show great seats are still available! The Rapids strongly recommend buying your tickets in advance as a huge walk-up crowd is expected on gameday!

All seating for the July 4 match is reserved seating (no general admission). Ticket prices for July 4 are $15 $25 and $35 and can be purchased at any TicketMaster location the Invesco Field or Pepsi Center Box Offices or online by CLICKING HERE.

Discounted tickets are also available for groups of 10 or more by calling the Rapids Ticket Hotline at (303) 825-GOAL.

RAPIDS & SIX FLAGS ELITCH GARDENS COMBO TICKET
As is the Rapids' yearly tradition the team has also announced a joint Combo Ticket for the Rapids and Six Flags Elitch Gardens for July 4th!

The Rapids/Six Flags July 4 Combo Ticket includes:
-Admission on July 4th to Six Flags Elitch Gardens and all of its rides and attractions!
-Admission into the July 4 Rapids game vs. the Kansas City Wizards at INVESCO Field at Mile High at 7:30pm!
-Colorado's biggest and most explosive fireworks show after the game!

Fans can get all 3 events for the low price of only $26 per person and Six Flags will also provide free transportation shuttles from the park over to the stadium and back for fans that night.

The Rapids/Six Flags combo packs are now available for purchase at the Pepsi Center Box Office at the Six Flags Elitch Gardens box office via phone at (303) 825-GOAL or online by CLICKING HERE.

RAPIDS PLAYER-WORN JERSEY AUCTION
The Colorado Rapids Community Care Foundation (CRCCF) will host the team's fourth annual "Rapids Player Jersey Auction" during the Rapids vs. Kansas City Wizards game on Monday July 4 at INVESCO Field at Mile High starting at 5:30pm. This event will give fans a rare chance to bid on an actual player-worn game jersey from their favorite player on the Rapids squad! Each jersey is an actual home authentic game jersey worn on gameday by the players featuring each player's name number and embroidered Rapids patch. For complete details on the Rapids Jersey Auction CLICK HERE.

IMPORTANT PARKING AND STADIUM INFO. FOR JULY 4
The Rapids strongly recommend taking RTD busses or Light Rail directly to and from the stadium on July 4 to avoid major traffic and parking delays. The C-Line Light Rail stops at Invesco Field and RTD will be running extra trains on July 4. For more info. and to plan your route please visit RTD's official website at: www.rtd-denver.com/

For fans that have purchased the Rapids/Six Flags Combo Ticket you can park at Six Flags in the morning spend all day at the park and Six Flags will provide free shuttle busses to Invesco Field for the game and then back again to Six Flags following the fireworks show.

It is important for fans to plan ahead prior to coming to the July 4 Rapids game to minimize traffic delays! If you plan on parking at the stadium fans should be aware that the brand-new 23rd Avenue exit ramp that takes you right to Invesco Field from I-25 Southbound is expected to be opened before the July 4 match! If traveling Northbound on I-25 take the 17th Avenue exit to access the parking lots.

(For a printable map of INVESCO Field with parking lots and stadium access routes labeled CLICK HERE).

If you do plan on parking at the stadium the Rapids recommend arriving no later than 5:30pm! Otherwise you will encounter major traffic and parking delays. The Rapids' free Soccer Celebration pre-game interactive festival will start up at 4:00pm on the 4th outside the stadium so there will be events and activities going on all afternoon!

Stadium parking for the game will be $10 per space and all stadium lots will be open for the July 4 Rapids game and Fireworks show. Disabled patrons should park in lot C for access to disabled parking.

All stadium parking lots will open at 2:00pm for tailgating. Feel free to bring your propane and charcoal grills but remember no open flames allowed!

Please do not park in the neighborhoods surrounding Invesco Field. Permits are required to park in the neighborhoods and cars without permits are subject to citation and towing. Parking in the neighborhoods is strictly enforced by the City of Denver.

Parking will also be available at the Auraria Campus and Pepsi Center. Fans can park here and follow the short Stadium Walk under I-25 to Invesco Field. Remember that also all downtown parking meters will be free on the 4th!

For further questions on parking or alternate route suggestions please call Invesco Field Parking Services at (720) 258-3000.

WEATHER
As with all Major League Soccer games the Rapids' 4th of July game and fireworks show will go on regardless of weather. Rapids games and fireworks shows will not be cancelled except in the event of severe lightning or tornadoes. So plan on being there rain or shine!

ZAMBELLI A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE
As always fans can expect the best fireworks show anywhere as for the 10th year in a row the Rapids have reserved Zambelli Fireworks Internationale to put on the show which is timed to patriotic songs. The Rapids Fireworks Show is always the biggest longest and most explosive fireworks show anywhere in Colorado on the 4th of July!
Zambelli has a long and distinguished reputation around the world for producing the biggest and best fireworks shows conceiveable. For more info. on Zambelli Fireworks Internationale click here: www.zambellifireworks.com/

There's nothing more American than Rapids soccer and fireworks on the 4th of July! See you there!