Rapids To Play Exhibition Match at School of Mines on Saturday April 22

DENVER (ColoradoRapids.com) – The Colorado Rapids have announced that they will play the Colorado School of Mines Men’s Soccer Team in a friendly exhibition match on Saturday April 22 at 7:00pm at Brooks Field the home of the Orediggers on the School of Mines campus in Golden CO.

The match is a fundraising event to benefit the School of Mines’ planned new soccer stadium and takes place during a bye-weekend in MLS play for the Rapids.

Tickets for the April 22 game are $7.00 and are on sale now. They can be purchased at the CSM Department of Athletics Main Office via phone at (303) 273-3360 or in person on the day of the game at the Brooks Field ticket booth. Area youth soccer teams can also pre-purchase a block of 100 tickets for $500 and sell individual tickets for $7.00 to make a profit for their respective teams.

Gates will open at 5:00pm on Saturday night (as will the fan-favorite beer garden for fans 21 and over located inside the stadium!)

Parking will only be available on the streets around campus and the stadium.

Brooks Field is located at 12th and Illinois Street on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines. Here are numerous driving directions depending on where fans are coming from:

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO BROOKS FIELD:

From the south (via I-25): Take I-25 to C-470 west. Turn left on 6th Avenue. Turn right on 19th Street. Turn left on Illinois Street and take to 12th street where you will take a left. Brooks Field is located at 12th and Illinois Street.

From the east (via 6th Ave.): Take 6th Avenue past the Jefferson County Courthouse. Turn right on 19th Street. Turn left on Illinois Street and take to 12th street where you will take a left. Brooks Field is located at 12th and Illinois Street.

From the east (via I-70): Take I-70 west and exit on Hwy 58. Go west on Hwy 58 to the Washington Street exit. Go south (left) on Washington Street. Turn right on 12th Street. and follow 12th Street to Illinois Street.

From the north (via I-25): Take I-76 to I-70 west. Exit on Hwy 58. Go west on Hwy 58 to the Washington Street exit. Go south (left) on Washington Street. Turn right on 12th Street. and follow 12th Street to Illinois Street.

From the Boulder area (via Hwy 93): Take Hwy 93 south into Golden. At the junction of Hwy 93 6th Ave. and Hwy 58 turn left on 58th St. Go to Washington Street. Turn right on 12th Street. and follow 12th Street to Illinois Street.

From the west (via I-70): Take I-70 east to the Morrison Exit. Turn left onto Hwy 40 (Colfax Ave.). Turn left on Hwy 6 (6th Ave.). Take 6th Avenue past the Jefferson County Courthouse. Turn right on 19th Street. Turn left on Illinois Street and take to 12th Street where you will turn left.

The School of Mines Orediggers finished the 2005 season with an overall record of 13-7-4 including a 6-4-2 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. CSM advanced to the RMAC Tournament Championship where they fell at Fort Lewis. Despite the loss the squad earned their first ever berth in the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer National Championships. The Orediggers defeated Incarnate Word in the opening round on penalty kicks but fell to the eventual national champion Fort Lewis in round two 1-0.

The Rapids will face another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s team for the second time in less than 2 months with this match; back on Feb. 25 the Rapids traveled down to face RMAC member Colorado State University-Pueblo for an exhibition match and defeated the ThunderWolves by the score of 9-0 at Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium.

For more information on this Saturday's exhibition match please contact the Colorado School of Mines Soccer Office at (303) 273-3369.