Monday, November 23, 2009

Rapids MLS Cup Viewing Party Recap

Two hundred Rapids fans joined the club's players and coaches at The Oak Tavern in LoDo for the Colorado Rapids' Official MLS Cup Final viewing party last night and were witness to a surprising result as Real Salt Lake hoisted their first MLS Cup.

Supporters and the Rapids team jammed the place to the gills, and props to The Oak Tavern staff for pitching in and getting all hands on deck to service the hungry and thirsty capacity crowd!

For those that couldn't make it to the party, you missed out! Fans were greeted with the chance to win everything from Rapids team autographed items to schwag like hats and t-shirts. There were also Official MLS Cup koozies for the lucky fans that were there early!

The Tavern also dedicated all of their 12 HD TV screens to the match and pumped it out on their sound system.

At halftime, the Rapids gave away all the door prizes, and the Rapids Supporters Clubs handed out their annual player awards. The Centennial Firm recognized Matt Pickens as their C-Firm Defensive Player of the Year, while Class VI selected Omar Cummings as their Class VI Player of the Year in the trophy presentation in front of the audience. The supporters groups were also on hand selling scarves and passing out membership info all night long.

As for the match itself, it was tough to stomach the result of the match. Real Salt Lake overcame an early deficit to tie it up and then win on penalties 5-4 and brought home the first major sports championship to Utah.

Despite the result of the match, a great time was had by all in attendance. Thanks to all the fans that made it out, we look forward to seeing you at all future Official Rapids Viewing Parties, where we will continue to give out great prizes and have awesome drink specials for fans to follow Rapids road matches and other big games.

Thanks again to The Oak Tavern for their hospitality; if you haven't swung by their new digs at 14th and Market in Lodo, definitely check them out, they're the newest soccer-friendly bar in D-town.


Unknown said...

I want to give a shout out to Kimura and Burpo, out of ALL the players that attended at the Oak Tavern sunday nite, they were the only 2 that made it around and greeted the fans..the rest of the players sat up at the front and, granted, they signed autographs and posed for pictures but really, COME ON GUYS!!!! Show some spirit!!! OK, you might be sore for not making it to the playoffs but if you'd played with half the fighting spirit as Kimura, you'd made the playoffs!!! CORY GIBBS, leave your phone at home next time and greet some of the kiddos that actually like you..

rapids hooligan

ghecko13 said...

I have to agree with the other comment. Its sad that these 2 players were the only ones interacting with the fans. Even worse, was the service at the Oak Tavern. We were the first Rapids fans there and we waited an hour an half to get told that are food wasn't coming out.