Attend ‘Wizards Wonderland’ Select-a-Seat Event Saturday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Wizards fans are invited to join the club this Saturday, Dec. 13, for a special holiday event as the team’s newest customers pick out their seats for the 2009 soccer season. Join Santa Claus, Dynamo the Dragon, Starting 11 Girls and other Wizards staff members as the team reopens CommunityAmerica Ballpark for four (4) hours on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1 – 5 p.m. CT. The Wizards will unveil some new and exciting ticket packages for the 2009 season, including All-You-Can-Eat Seats, Full-Service Terrace Tables (with all-inclusive beverage service throughout the match) and Field Side Reserved Seats.
Fans will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including gift cards to popular Legends retailers, Wizards merchandise and more. Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and Dynamo, while parents pick out their seats for the 2009 season. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will also be available for the team’s guests.
The Wizards will offer a special ticket package for the holidays that includes a Wizards digital desk clock, a Jimmy Conrad autographed picture and a $50 deposit towards a Wizards 2009 ticket package – all for only $59. The Wizards will also hold a merchandise blowout sale for the holidays on Dec. 13. Game-used jerseys and shoes, along with a variety of other Wizards inventory, both new and old, must go. A portion of the proceeds from all game-used merchandise sales will directly benefit the Kansas City Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of the Wizards.
The first 200 guests through the door will also receive a complimentary 2008 Wizards Highlight DVD. Season Ticket Holders who bring a guest who purchases a Wizards ticket package will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing for a Wizards Road Trip. For more information, contact the Wizards ticket office at (913) 387-3400.
Kansas City Wizards Lower Season Ticket Prices for 2009 Season
The Kansas City Wizards have lowered prices for season ticket holders from their 2008 rates and will continue to offer free parking at all events. Kansas City also introduced two exciting new seating options: All-You-Can-Eat Seats and Full-Service Terrace Table Seats. Wizards fans who put down a new season ticket deposit for the 2009 season will receive a free season ticket holder scarf. To purchase season tickets for 2009, call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400.
In addition to their existing seating categories, the Wizards are adding All-You-Can-Eat Seats and Full-Service Terrace Tables for fans who enjoy premium entertainment options. All-You-Can-Eat Seats will be located in section 106 behind the West goal and allow patrons unlimited food and drink during the game. Full-Service Terrace Tables are high-tops around the stadium and will include unlimited drinks during each match.
The Wizards also offer a free bus to groups of 50 from within the Kansas City metro area. Contact a Wizards sales rep at (913) 387-3400 for more information about bringing your group outing to a Kansas City Wizards match via bus. Alcohol, excluding kegs, is allowed on buses to the stadium.
2009 Season-Ticket Prices (All packages for 18 games)
Peter Vermes Interview Available at kcwizards.com Podcast Page
Wizards Technical Director Peter Vermes spoke candidly to staff of kcwizards.com Monday for an exclusive interview regarding the lead up to the 2009 Major League Soccer season. Head to the www.kcwizards.com home page to listen to the interview, or visit at the Wizards podcast page.
Espinoza Plays 60 Minutes in Friendly Loss Against Reading FC Reserves
Kansas City Wizards midfielder Roger Espinoza, the club’s 2008 team Rookie of the Year, is one of the 16 young Major League Soccer stars to take part in a nine-day trip to London, England. Espinoza, 22, played 22 games for the Wizards in 2008, scoring one goal and adding three assists. He will join 15 other players from the Generation adidas program* in a trip to London that will include matches against reserve teams of three top English clubs, tours of the famous city and the chance to watch two EPL league matches and a UEFA Champions’ League contest.
Today, the Generation adidas squad dropped a 1-0 result against the reserve team of English League Championship side Reading FC. Espinoza started and played the opening 60 minutes for the team of young MLS players on the left side of midfield. For more information on the match, visit this page at MLSnet.com.
The Kansas City Wizards will start the 2009 season with a home match against Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21, 2009.
The game will kick off at Kansas City’s new start time, 7:30 p.m. CT, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Season ticket packages are now available by calling the Wizards ticket office at (913) 387-3400. Group packages for groups of 15 or more are also available for the home opener. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
Kansas City finished the 2008 regular season with a 9-2-4 home record, good for the 3rd best mark in MLS. The Wizards defeated D.C. United 2-0 on March 29, 2008 in their first-ever match at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The stadium quickly became known for its loud atmosphere and distinct home-field advantage for the Wizards, as the team closed with a 7-0-3 mark in its last 10 regular-season home games.
In 2009, the Wizards will continue to offer a free bus to groups of 50 from within the Kansas City metro area. Contact a Wizards sales rep at (913) 387-3400 for more information about bringing your group outing to a Kansas City Wizards match via bus. Alcohol, excluding kegs, is allowed on buses to the stadium.
Kansas City Wizards to Hold 2nd Annual Open Tryouts March 7-8, 2009
The Kansas City Wizards will hold its second-annual open tryouts March 7-8, 2009 in Kansas City. The Wizards held an open tryout in 2008 for the first time since their inaugural 1996 season, with the event drawing over 200 players from 15 different countries. Two players eventually signed for Kansas City, midfielders Kevin Souter and Nelson Pizarro. Both went on to play in MLS matches for the Wizards in 2008, and Souter started the final four games of the regular season and both MLS Cup Playoff matches for Kansas City. The tryout costs $200, and players can sign up through www.kcwizards.com/opentryout.
Participants will take part in matches Saturday, with the top players called back for Sunday’s session. Finalists will then get the opportunity to tryout with the Wizards first team in March with the chance of securing a contract. Final tryout location and times will be provided to each participant closer to the event.