Colorado at Real Salt Lake gameday events

Here’s a press release from Real Salt Lake detailing the events for tomorrow’s early-season clash with rival Colorado.

SANDY, Utah – With a perfect start to the 2011 MLS season under its belt, Real Salt Lake (3-0-0, 9 pts.) will look to continue its winning ways on Wednesday night, when the 2009 MLS Cup Champs will play host to last year’s hoister of the league’s ultimate honor, the Colorado Rapids (3-1-0, 9 pts.). The early Western Conference co-leaders will renew the always hotly-contested Rocky Mountain Cup series at Rio Tinto Stadium at 7 p.m. MT, with the Utah side looking to gain the early edge in the rivalry and keep the coveted RMC trophy in the Beehive State for a fifth year running.

Tickets for the first leg of Major League Soccer’s most heated rivalry remain available and can be purchased online at www.RealSaltLake.com or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box Office beginning at 10:00 a.m. on game day.

Get Ready for the Rivalry at Carnival Real!

Fans and families are encouraged to arrive early for Wednesday’s match-up with Colorado, as the good times and giveaways that are always a part of the Carnival Real pre-game festival will begin on the East Lawn of Rio Tinto Stadium two hours before kickoff at 5 p.m. MT. Wednesday’s Carnival Real celebration will feature music from several local groups participating in Battle of the Bands on the main Carnival stage in addition to booths and displays hosted by several of RSL’s partners, including:

Burger King (“Whopper Hopper” inflatable and Prize Wheel), Check City, KBEE 98.7, KFC (“Bucket Brigade” giveaway & “Chuckin’ for Chicken” game), Mountain America Credit Union (“Accuracy Kick” challenge), Verizon Wireless (interactive games), Wasatch Property (“Real Nation” sign-up) and XanGo (Speed kick & free samples).

When gates at Rio Tinto Stadium open to the masses at 6 p.m., fans will also have the chance to visit the Comcast and Utah Department of Public Safety (“Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sign-up) booths, located on the Stadium’s North Concourse. On the Northeast Concourse, fans can interact with hosts Spencer Checketts and Trey Fitz-Gerald during the ESPN 700 Pre-game Show and visit the RSL 2011 Season Ticket Headquarters booth to ensure their spot at Rio Tinto Stadium for the rest of this season’s exciting slate of matches.

Claret-and-Cobalt Fans Can “Mix & Match” during Latest RSL Team Store Special
As Real Salt Lake has shown thus far in 2011, the Claret-and-Cobalt have no problems mixing and matching their success on the field when it comes to CONCACAF Champions League and MLS regular season play. Clearly inspired, the RSL Team Store at Rio Tinto Stadium wants to reward RSL fans for their own multi-tasking abilities via the new “Mix-and-Match” special, featuring any four RSL hats and scarves for just $80! The special will run throughout the month of April, including during Wednesday night’s rivalry showdown against the Colorado Rapids.

Ladies, need that last little accessory to top off an outfit? Then go with four scarves so you’ll have one for every occasion. Gents, can’t decide which hat covers that pesky bald spot the best? Then opt for four hats. You’re one of those picky shoppers that can never be satisfied? You were until now, that is … better budget some extra time when you stop in because now you have more hat and scarf options to fret over than ever before!

If you’ve got a question about the new “Mix-and-Match” special or any other Claret-and-Cobalt-tinged merchandise items, feel free to stop on by the RSL Team Store during regular business hours — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday — or just dial up the RSL Team Store Hotline at 801-727-2888. The RSL Team Store will open up bright and early at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for all of your day-of-game shopping needs!

Miss the Lines, Not the Moment with RSLexpress!
The best way to “get your snack on” at every Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium is through the RSLexpress in-seat delivery service, powered by Mangia. Mangia is making your life easier by offering a quick and convenient way for you to get your food — there’s no need to waste time in lines and you won’t have to wait until halftime anymore!

RSLexpress allows fans to purchase food, drinks, and merchandise using their mobile phone, with their order being delivered directly to their seat in just minutes! It’s easy to use RSLexpress, and creating an account is free — just visit www.RSLexpress.com to start enjoying in-seat delivery from a mobile device. For instructions on ordering from an iPhone, the mobile web, or via text message, visit Mangia’s “How To” page, or call 877-762-6442.

Arlo Tejada to Be Honored as Wednesday’s RSL/American Express “Hero Among Us”
Real Salt Lake and American Express are proud to recognize Arlo Tejada as the recipient of Wednesday night’s “Heroes Among Us” award, honoring everyday heroes across the State of Utah.

An active member of his community, in addition to co-owning Sheri Griffith Expeditions in Moab, Tejada is also a member of numerous boards including the America Outdoors Association, the Utah Guides and Outfitters Association, and the Moab Travel Council. Going the extra mile for others is nothing new for the busy Tejada, who has previously offered free rafting trips to local organizations, given paid sick leave to employees, helped a long time employee with the purchase of her home and assisted raising money for cancer research.

The latter endeavor would strike close to home for Tejada, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June of 2010. After six months of treatment Tejada soon learned that he was still not cancer free, forcing him to begin the process of a bone marrow transplant that will prevent him from maintaining his busy schedule of activities. For keeping a positive attitude throughout his personal trials and tribulations and his many selfless acts on behalf of others, Real Salt Lake and American Express are honored to reward Tejada as the latest “Hero Among Us” and host his family during Wednesday’s rivalry contest against the Rapids.
For more information on the Real Salt Lake/American Express “Heroes Among Us” program, including details on how to nominate candidates for the 2011 season and biographies of last season’s recipients, visit the “Heroes Among Us” page under the “Community” section of www.RealSaltLake.com. In addition, candidate submissions can be returned via email to heroesamongus@RealSaltLake.com, fax to 801-727-1469, or mail to the address below

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