Commerce City, Colo. - Who knew that showing your passion for the Colorado Rapids at a soccer match across the pond could result in winning a local contest? That's exactly what happened this week to Brian Hibbard, a Rapids season ticket holder since 2007 who sits with the Class VI supporters in Section 108.
A panel of judges from the Colorado Rapids and Dick's Sporting Goods selected Hibbard as the first winner of the "On the Road with the Rapids" photo Facebook contest. He and a passenger of his choice will fly with the Rapids players and staff to their match in Seattle on July 7 against the Sounders at CenturyLink Field.
"It's pretty amazing," Hibbard told ColoradoRapids.com. "I have pictures of me with the scarf every where I go, and I just thought that one would be the one to post, because it was at Wembley."
Hibbard's winning photo was of him wearing Colorado Rapids gear and holding up a scarf of Rapids supporter's group Pid Army outside England's famed Wembley Stadium ahead of the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
Along with a seat on the same flight as the team, the prize package includes two nights at the team hotel, $150 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate, adidas merchandise, team autographs, a pre-game on-field experience, and more.
The 31-year-old says he first got the idea of bringing his Rapids scarf everywhere after seeing fans taking photos with Rapids gear in Toronto at MLS Cup 2010. Since then, Hibbard has taken pictures with the scarf in six different countries, in addition to the road trips to watch the Rapids in Salt Lake and Dallas, as well as the past three MLS Cup Finals.
For his fellow fans looking to grab his attention in the hopes of joining him on the trip, Hibbard has already selected who he's taking to Seattle.
"I'm taking my mom," he said. "She comes to a lot of games with me and she loves watching the games."
Fans have another chance to win a similar prize, this time to go "On the Road with the Rapids" to the team's match in LA against Galaxy on September 16 at The Home Depot Center. To enter fans must submit their Rapids fan photo to the "On the Road with the Rapids" app at www.facebook.com/coloradorapids between today and 10 pm MT on August 17, with "Likes" to your photo accepted through 10 pm MT on August. 19. SEE FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.