Opening Day is Here! Are You Ready?

COMMERCE CITY CO ( - History is about to be made this Saturday.
Your Colorado Rapids host DC United in the first ever match played inside the world's largest soccer stadium and complex Dick's Sporting Goods Park this Saturday April 7.
Don't miss one of the most historic and pivotal moments in sports history! Be at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday!
Visit the Rapids' brand-new revamped interactive Official MatchUp Page for this game featuring projected starting lineups team formations the latest injury reports broadcast information and more by clicking here!
Key points for fans to know for the match:
-Kickoff is at 1:30pm on Saturday
-The stadium's gates open at noon
-Fans can arrive early to tailgate in the stadium's parking lots
-The stadium bar & grill will be open starting at 11am an hour before stadium gates open
-Every fan will receive a free Colorado Rapids magnet schedule when they enter the gates
-Every fan will be able to exchange their actual match ticket for a commemorative frameable Opening Day ticket at tables around the concourse
-Every fan will receive a free copy of the Denver Newspaper Agency's special commemorative newspaper insert detailing aspects of the stadium complex
-The Dick's Sporting Goods Park box office located on the West side of the stadium between Gates F & G opens at 10am on Saturday. Will-call tickets can be picked up from this time forward with a valid photo ID.
-There will be a Colorado Youth Soccer "Ceremonial Parade of Teams" around the field before the game starts to kick off the spring youth soccer season
-There is no parking fee for fans holding Rapids game tickets (the parking fee is included in the ticket price)
-For information on parking directions and maps of Dick's Sporting Goods Park click here
-Dress warmly for the game! The match will not be postponed or cancelled for any weather-related reason besides severe lightning.
Official Game Notes
From the Rapids Media Relations Dept.
Saturday April 7 2007
1:30 p.m. (MT) Rapids vs. DC United at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Radi KNRV 1150 "La Buena Onda"
Saturday March 31 2007
Rapids 0 vs. Real Salt Lake 0 at Las Vegas Nevada
(updated 4-6-07):
Out: Justin Hughes (Strained Right Fifth Finger)
Doubtful: NONE
Questionable: Yherland McDonald (Sprained Left Quadricep)
Probable: NONE
The Match Up: The Rapids are 8-12-6 all-time against D.C. United and 6-5-2 at home against last year’s Supporters Shield winners. Colorado is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) against United in the Mile High City including last year’s 2-1 victory where Jovan Kirovski and Niko Hernandez scored goals for the Rapids.

Rapids Ink Seven: The Colorado Rapids have signed seven players to contracts for the 2007 season. After trading for Zach Thornton’s rights in February the Rapids have now signed the former Chicago goalkeeper. Also added to the roster were Colin Clark and Daniel Wasson who are now senior developmental players. The final four players were Rapids 2007 draft picks Nico Colaluca John DiRaimondo Justin Hughes and Nick LaBrocca. Details of the signings were not released in accordance to league and team policies.
Colorado Venue Openers: The Rapids will look to continue the tradition of local teams winning the first events at their new homes. In 1995 the Rockies beat the Mets 11-9 in the first game ever at Coors Field. On October 13 1999 the Avalanche were the first team to play in the Pepsi Center as they defeated the Bruins 2-1. Finally in 2001 the Broncos defeated the Giants 31-20 in Invesco Field at Mile High’s first game.
Rapids In Season Openers: The 2007 Colorado Rapids are looking to do something no other Rapids club has done: win their season opener. For only the second time in team history the Rapids will be at home to kick off the season. Colorado is 0-9-2 in season openers with three of the losses coming in shootouts in 1997 and 1999. The only other season opener the Rapids have played at home was in 2002 against San Jose. Here’s a look at Rapids season openers:
’96 @KC L 0-3
’97 @CLB SOL 1-1
’98 @DAL SOL 1-1
’99 @LA SOL 1-1
’00 @LA L 1-2
’01 @MIA L 1-2
’02 @KC T 1-1
’03 vs SJ L 1-2
’04 @DAL T 1-1
’05 @KC L 2-3
’06 @HOU L 2-5
Rapids Fastest Goals: The Rapids have scored in the first half of season openers five times in the past with the fastest goal being Chris Henderson’s 16th minute strike against Kansas City in 2002.
Quick Strikes: Rapids players seem to have an uncanny knack for scoring in one of their first two games with the team. There have been four players who have scored in their first game with the club and 11 players to record a goal in their second game. Chris Henderson scored a goal in the first game of his second stint with Colorado. Which man new to the team will join this list this year? First Game Scorers: Marcelo Balboa John Spencer Zizi Roberts and Jeff Cunningham. Second Game Scorers: Shaun Bartlett Wolde Harris Peter Vermes Marquis White Waldir Darren Sawatzky Junior Agogo Chris Carrieri Mark Chung Jean-Philippe Peguero and Daniel Wasson.
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