Home Opener moved to Sun., March 10 at 1 pm

Match vs Philadelphia postponed until tomorow due to adverse weather conditions, heavy snow

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Saturday, March 9, 2013) – Major League Soccer has moved the Colorado Rapids match against the Philadelphia Union to Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. MT because of severe weather conditions in the Denver area today. All tickets issued for the match will be honored on Sunday, with tickets also on sale at www.ColoradoRapids.com. The match will still be broadcast live on Altitude.

A blizzard warning has been issued for Adams County, Colo., which includes Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and a travel advisory has asked people in the area to travel only in the case of emergency. Snow began falling at approximately 5 a.m. MT today and snow accumulations in the Denver area are predicted to reach 8-14 inches, with winds of 15 to 30 m.p.h. and gusts up to 40 m.p.h. creating low visibility, drifting snow, and hazardous road conditions. The decision was made following a Saturday morning meeting between MLS officials and representatives from both clubs.

Fans and media are reminded that Daylight Savings goes into effect overnight, pushing clocks ahead one hour on Sunday. Due to travel conditions, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park offices will be closed today.

“We had hoped and planned to play our match as scheduled, but we cannot put staff, fans, and players from both teams at risk by asking them to travel or play in unsafe conditions,” said Rapids President Tim Hinchey. “The weather, roads and field will clear up by Sunday at 1:00, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for our Home Opener at that time.”

“As always, the safety of our fans, staff and athletes is paramount, and the conditions in the Denver area preclude the game from being played today as originally scheduled.” said Nelson Rodriguez, MLS Executive Vice President of Competition and Game Operations, who is in Colorado for the match. “We would like to thank both clubs for working with us to plan accordingly and we look forward to their match on Sunday at 1 p.m. local time.”