Rapids Weekly Team Update

COMMERCE CITY CO (3/19/08) - The Colorado Rapids practiced on the natural grass of their official training pitch at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the first time this year after having to work on the complex's synthetic fields during most of their preseason.
The team has practiced twice since returning from Bermuda late Sunday night and will tonight play in the club's annual Burgundy & Blue Game an intrasquad scrimmage that will give the team the chance to get in a match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park before Opening Day. This annual event is only open to Rapids Season Ticket Holders and residents of Commerce City.
The team will leave Thursday morning for their final preseason exhibition in Mississippi as Colorado officially conclude their preseason training with a match vs. the Chicago Fire in Jackson MS this Saturday March 22.

NEXT MATCH
Preseason:
Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire
Sat. Mar. 22
1:30 p.m. MT
Jackson Mississippi
M&F Bank Stadium
Regular season:
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
Sat. March 29
7:30pm MT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
LAST MATCH
Colorado Rapids 1 Bermuda National Team 2
March 14
Bermuda Training Center
LATEST INJURY UPDATES
The Rapids suffered no new injuries during their trip to Bermuda last week.
Mehdi Ballouchy (hamstring) Conor Casey (knee) Dan Gargan (knee) Herculez Gomez (knee) Ugo Ihemelu (hip) Pablo Mastroeni (abdominal) and Mike Petke (ankle) are still receiving treatment daily to try and be match fit for the Rapids' 2008 Opening Day.
TODAY'S QUOTES FROM TRAINING
Today's quote comes from Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush speaking about the implementation of the club's innovative new Rapids Kickback program:
"We will always look to enhance our customers' experience here at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and we believe the Rapids Kickback Card is new technology that will deliver value to our loyal fans. We are just getting started with the Rapids Kickback program. As the club incorporates more technology we plan to add more benefits.
"We are looking at innovations like ticketless entry and loading free points or cash on the card so people can use it as a payment method. In the future the Rapids' most devoted fans will be able to come to Dick's Sporting Goods Park carrying nothing but their Kickback Card."
WEEKLY TEAM NOTES

Rapids Re-Open Search: The Rapids have re-open their search for a Director of Soccer. Juergen Sommer who was announced by the club in that capacity in February will not be joining the Rapids due to a change of heart. The team will continue their search for the best possible candidate to add to their Technical Staff and wish the best to Juergen in his future endeavors.
Home Opener Selling Fast: If you don’t have your tickets to the Colorado Rapids' 2008 home opener against the LA Galaxy you are running out of time. The only tickets left available are in the south stands and the premium seating areas. VIP midfield tickets are completely sold out. Call (303) 825-GOAL or visit www.TicketHorse.com before it's too late to get yours!
Rapids Fieldside Seats Now Available: The Rapids have announced the return of the fan-favorite fieldside seats! Sit down on the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for all Rapids home games and see your favorite players up close from inches away. Fieldside seats are now available for the public to purchase for the first time in 2008. Not only do you get to sit down on the actual field level at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the entire match but you also get pre-game hospitality area offering food & drinks and fieldside seat holders also get first right of refusal to purchase seats for DSG Park concerts & special events. Get in the spotlight! Order your fieldside seats now and don't just be a spectator....be a part of the action! Details
Introducing the Kickback Program: The Rapids have introduced a brand new rewards program for their most loyal fans! It's the Rapids Kickback Card which fans can use at the stadium to bypass concession lines get express entry thru gates discounts at the team store and prizes from the Rapids. Get your Kickback Card today! Details

View The E-Brochure Win Fabulous Prizes: It's the Rapids' 13th MLS season…get an exclusive inside video look at the club for this year with the team's e-brochure. You can also enter to win a trip to a Rapids 2008 road game or win any of 100 pairs of tickets to a 2008 home game when you forward it to friends! View it NOW!
Rapids Youth Academy Update: The Colorado Rapids U16s will play their next game on Wednesday March 19 at 6:30 p.m. on Field 8 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rush. The U18s will train throughout the week in preparation for their northern California trip the following week.
2008 Single Game Tickets on Sale: Rapids single game tickets are now available for purchase for any home game via phone by calling 1-866-461-6556 at the kiosks located inside every Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods store location or online at TicketHorse.com. Single game tickets start at just $12. The Rapids' 2008 single game schedule also welcomes the return of two fan-favorite ticket packages: the Rapids' Family Night packs and the Rapids Kids Night packs. Rapids Family Night and Rapids Kids Night packages can be purchased online by clicking here.
2008 Season Tickets on Sale: The Colorado Rapids are currently taking reservations for season tickets for the 2008 Rapids season at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Fans can reserve their seats now and can pick from 3 options of either 18-game 9-game or 5-game packages. For more information to put down a deposit and to pick their seat location fans can click here.