Hendry Thomas gives his jersey to fan on 2012 Fan Appreciation Night
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Rapids to celebrate Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, Oct. 19

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, October 7, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids will celebrate Fan Appreciation Night at the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, October 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, complete with the special “Jerseys off our Backs” ceremony. In addition to the lucky fans who win authentic and match-worn jerseys from Rapids players, fans in attendance can receive special discounts, giveaways and prizes throughout the game, and see the 2013 team awards presentation after the match. For more information, or to purchase tickets, fans can CLICK HERE or call 303-825-GOAL.

The “Jerseys off our Backs” program will offer fans the chance to receive authentic player jerseys on the field in a special post-game ceremony. All Rapids players on the roster will present the lucky fans with their shirts – with those playing in the match presenting their game-worn jerseys – complete with an autograph. Rapids staff will visit randomly selected seats in the first half to find the participants, so all fans are encouraged to arrive at their seats early in the match if they would like to take part.

Voting for the club’s Fan Favorite Award will also be open to all fans from today through Friday, Oct. 11 at 12:00 noon MT. The honor will be presented after the game on Oct. 19, along with the MVP, Defender of the Year, and Young Player of the Year (all decided by a vote of Rapids players), the team’s Humanitarian of the Year, selected by Rapids Community Relations staff and Kroenke Sports Charities, and the Rapids Academy Player of the Year, chosen by Senior Director of Youth Development Brian Crookham, and Academy staff. The Rapids’ Golden Boot winner, given to the club’s leading scorer, will be awarded following the final regular season match.

In addition to the “Jerseys off our Backs” program, the Rapids will also be presenting fans with giveaways throughout the game, including prizes for entire rows and sections in the stadium. There will be special discounts of up to 50% off select merchandise at the Colorado Rapids team store and all of the Altitude Authentics kiosks in the stadium.

Fan Appreciation Night, the Rapids’ final match of the 2013 season, will kick off at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Tickets to the game against Western Conference rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC are available by calling 303-825-GOAL or CLICKING HERE.