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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

August 31, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Sporting Kansas City News Release

The Kansas City Wizards start a three-game road trip to the East coast Saturday night with a contest against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Media are encouraged to The Wizards will host their weekly press conference at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday at the team's Swope Park Training Center. All media are encouraged to attend training and the weekly press conference this week in Kansas City, as the team will not return home until the week of September 14. All three contests during the trip will be broadcast live locally on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).


Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), announced last Wednesday that Mexico's most popular teams, Club América and Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. (Chivas), will add a new chapter to their storied rivalry when the clubs meet for another edition of Mexico's "Clásico Nacional," or national derby, on Wednesday, September 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri at 8:30 p.m. CT. The game, which will celebrate Mexican Independence Day, will be presented by Bud Light.

Tickets went on sale to the general public last Thursday. Prices start at $25, and tickets can be purchased by visiting the Kansas City Wizards front office at 8900 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206 or by calling the Wizards toll free at 1-877-828-7222 or 1-913-387-3400.

Seating Category Sections Price*

End Line (End Zone) 109-111, 127-129 $25

Corner 105-108, 112-115, 123-126, 130-133 $35

Sideline 102-104, 116-118, 120-122, 134-136 $50

Club Level 201-246 $50

Half Line 101, 119 $75

*Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.


After the upcoming three-game road trip to the East coast, the Wizards will return home to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for matches in back-to-back weekends against FC Dallas (September 19) and the Colorado Rapids (September 26). Tickets start at just $15 for General Admission seats. Bleacher tickets are still available for $20, as are Stadium Reserved tickets for $25 and All-You-Can-Eat Seats for $35. Tickets are available online at For more information, call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400.

The Pepsi/Price Chopper Family 4-Pack is also offered for both matches. As part of the package, fans will receive:

Four (4) Kansas City Wizards Tickets

Four (4) Hot Dogs at CAB

Four (4) Pretzels at CAB

One (1) Stadium Blanket

One (1) Pepsi Coupon Package for redemption at area Price Chopper stores:

One (1) Free 6-Pack of Dr. Pepper or Sierra Mist (20 oz. bottles)

One (1) Free 2 Liter of Crush or Sierra Mist

One (1) Buy One, Get One SOBE Lifewater (20 oz. bottle)

One (1) Kansas City Wizards Merchandise Discount Coupon good for $5 off a merchandise purchase of free customization of a Wizards jersey.

All coupons expire on November 30, 2009


After the Wizards take on FC Dallas Saturday, September 19, local Scouts troops will be allowed to camp out on the field at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and watch movies on the video board. Participants will receive the second half of a commemorative Wizards patch after the first half was given to attendees of a game earlier in the season. Proceeds from tickets purchased through the program will go back to the Boy Scouts. Contact the Wizards at (913) 387-3400 for more information.


The USA Bid Committee Inc. announced Thursday that Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium are one of 27 cities and 32 venues, down from 70 initial stadia in 52 cities, on the short list to be included in the United States' bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. The USA Bid Committee will submit their bid to world soccer's governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), in May of 2010. FIFA will select host countries for the 2018 and 2022 events in December of 2010. The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee is Co-Chaired by Kansas City Chiefs Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt and Cerner Corporation's Chairman and CEO and Kansas City Wizards co-owner Neal Patterson. Fans are encouraged to show their support for the bid by visiting and signing the petition to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany announced a total economic impact of approximately $6.2 billion and the creation of 50,000 new jobs, while recording that two million tourists spent approximately $766 million. The USA Bid Committee is currently undertaking an economic impact study for an event in the United States in 2018 or 2022.

Kansas City's bid committee also includes Kansas City Wizards Technical Director/Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes, a former FIFA World Cup™ participant who represented the United States 67 times at the international level. Vermes helped lead a young squad to an improbable qualification in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the first trip for the United States in 40 years. The United States has qualified for each of the next four FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, one of the longest active streaks in the world.

"Appearing in the FIFA World Cup™ was the highlight of my playing career, and helping to bring the event to my adopted hometown of Kansas City would be a highlight of my post-playing career," Vermes said. "The FIFA World Cup™ is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I hope everyone here in the Heart of the Continent will experience the energy in either 2018 or 2022."

The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee features members and expertise from a wide range of Kansas City metropolitan area public and private entities from both sides of the state line, including: The Kansas City Chiefs; Kansas City Wizards' ownership group OnGoal, LLC; the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation; the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas; and POPULOUS, formerly HOK Sport Venue Event.


Kansas City Wizards ownership group OnGoal, LLC is a sponsor of the 2009 Tour of Missouri. The bicycle race, in its third year, will run from September 7-13 on roads across the State of Missouri. The Tour of Missouri is one of the two largest and highest-ranked races held in the United States. The Tour will end in Kansas City on September 13. For more information on the event, visit


The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, will air Wednesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT and simulcast online at The show will be broadcast live from Fox and Hound in Overland Park, Kan. during the month of August. Fans are encouraged to call in during the show at 913-3-810-810.

Fox and Hound - Overland Park

10428 Metcalf Ave

Overland Park, KS 66212

(913) 649-1700

Google Maps Link

In 2009, the Wizards will take registrations from fans at each edition of the Jimmy Conrad Show for month-end drawings. Prizes will include Field Side Reserved tickets, a clinic from a Wizards player, a Football/Futbol double-header package and a VIP Meet & Greet session after a training session. Each fan can enter that month's drawing each time they attend The Jimmy Conrad Show.

The Jimmy Conrad Show will be held at different bars throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The show will run from 7-8 p.m. CT each week except for a small number of nights when the time will change due to programming conflicts on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Month Prize Winner

April 2 Field Side Reserved tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. D.C. United May 6 Matt Fulton

May VIP Meet & Greet session for 10 at a Wizards practice Mandy Kraft

June 4 Terrace Table tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Houston Dynamo July 4 Jeremy Underwood

July Youth-team clinic with a Kansas City Wizards player

August Football/Futbol Double-Header package including KU, K-State or MU Football tickets

September 2 Field Side Reserved tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Colorado Rapids Sept. 26

October Autographed Wizards jersey and on-field VIP experience at 2009 playoff game

Fans can download archives of The Jimmy Conrad Show from the podcast page at


Wizards Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes will join Enrique Morales each Thursday at a new time from 1-2 p.m. CT for the weekly Spanish-language coach's show Zona Wizards on Ke Buena 1480 AM. This week, Spanish-speaking fans are encouraged to listen for a recap of Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake and a look ahead to the upcoming road trip to the East coast.

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