I’m a soccer fan.
In fact, I probably spend too much time listening to the Men In Blazers, reading blogs, analyzing formations, and (of course) watching matches.
My poison of choice is the English Premier League. The richest sporting league on the planet. With it comes multi-million dollar transfers, managers with a shelf life shorter than bananas at King Soopers, and the most entertaining/attacking and competitive soccer in the world.
But this post isn’t about the EPL.
This post is about supporting your local club. For me, that’s the Colorado Rapids.
I’ve come to love the Rapids since moving to Colorado nearly a decade ago. As a fan, I’ve seen the team win the Cup in 2010 and struggle to win a game in 2014. To say the least, it’s been a rollercoaster ride but the constant throughout the journey has been the unparalleled sporting experience you get at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Are you still with me?
Ok, hear me out.
I’m going to a playoff game next week where I’ll sit 10 rows back from the middle of the pitch with C38 (the supporters group) for only $35.
That’s right. A postseason match against one of the (historically) best teams in MLS history.
Chanting. Singing. Yelling. It’s all a part of the experience.
Don’t know the songs? You’ll be able to pick it up right away so long as you know a little John Denver and have been to a sporting event in your life.
Be sure to get to the match early and head to the south parking lot. There, you’ll find the BBQs smoking and craft beer flowing for the small donation of $5. All proceeds go to the C38 supporters group for future tailgate supplies.
This league is surprisingly good.
The MLS has come a long way in 20 years. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a retirement league for European superstars, although it still happens from time to time. I’m looking at you, Galaxy and NYCFC.
On any given matchday, you’ll find the next big USA player getting ready for World Cup qualification, an exciting homegrown player gaining experience, and big time European players in the prime of their career.
I’m not trying to sell you on becoming a soccer fan but if you’re looking for a professional sporting experience unlike anything else in Colorado that offers you entertainment, access, and fun without breaking the bank; support local soccer and go to a Rapids match.
Hope to see you there.
COME ON, YOU RAPIDS!