Real Salt Lake 'Drive for Five' heating up

SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake today announced that it is within 500 of accomplishing its stated goal of 5,000 season tickets for its inaugural MLS season, and is undergoing one final push to accomplish its goal prior to June 1.

"Five thousand season tickets is a benchmark for success that we identified very early on last year," said RSL GM Steve Pastorino. "It's a testament to the soccer community in Utah that we are going to achieve it. This is an off-the-field accomplishment of which I am tremendously proud."

RSL is projected to finish in Major League Soccer's top three in both overall revenue and season ticket revenue. RSL currently leads the League in new season ticket revenue and only third in overall season ticket revenues in MLS. Fans can help RSL reach it goal by purchasing flex-plan, mini-plan or pro-rated season ticket packages. The deadline for reaching 5,000 is Wednesday, June 1, 2005.

"There are two reasons why we have been successful in season ticket sales as an organization in our inaugural season. One, we have received tremendous support from the Utah community," said RSL Sr. Director of Ticket Sales Chris Keeney. "Two, we have been fortunate to have found a very talented and aggressive sales staff."

RSL has five ticket sales staff members - Chad Sackett, Kris Katseanes, Andy Cho, Greg Zaskowski and Jorge Perea - in the top seven in new season ticket sales in the League. Sackett currently has sold 955 season tickets and will be the first MLS ticket sales staff person to sell more than 1,000 tickets in his/her first campaign and in recent MLS history. Within two months of joining the RSL ticket sales staff, David Hunter has risen into the top 20 in the League in season ticket sales.

SEASON TICKETS STILL SELLING BRISKLY: Real Salt Lake season ticket packages, now pro-rated following the first two games, remain on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package now features 19 games, including the remaining 14 MLS regular season games, four special bonus games and the highly-anticipated U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier on June 4. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the RSL Ticket Office at 515 South 700 East, #2R, SLC, UT 84102, by logging onto www.RealSaltLake.com or by contacting the Real Salt Lake Ticket Office at (866) 9-SOCCER.

GET YOUR FLEX ON WITH NEW SEASON TICKET OPTION: To add more options for fans, RSL now offers the Flex Season Ticket Package, which is comprised of twenty vouchers of the same price category (North Goal, Corner Flag, Premium and VIP) that allows the purchaser to determine which games they would like to see in the regular season and how many tickets needed for that game. Prices for the 2005 Flex Package are $260 for the North Goal, $320 for the Corner Flag, $440 for the East Sideline and $560 for the VIP seats. Tickets can be redeemed in the following way: one could use all the vouchers and bring 20 people to one game or 4 people could attend five games. Flex vouchers are discounted from the day of game pricing making it an even greater value. Vouchers can be redeemed in advance through the Real Salt Lake Front Office by mail or in person or on the day of the game at the Real Salt Lake Customer Service Window. Seating is best available per price category at the time of redemption. The June 4th US-Costa Rica and RSL-FC Dallas doubleheader is not included in the flex package.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE: Real Salt Lake single-game tickets for its inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium continue to be on sale both online and at the University of Utah Ticket Office, located at the Stadium's south end. Individual game prices are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west. Individual game tickets can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, by logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX. Fans are continued to be encouraged to purchase in advance.

ACCESS REAL: Real fans can now receive up-to-date information on the team by signing up for the RSL Weekly Newsletter at the fans section of RealSaltLake.com.

MLS CAMPS: MLS Camps, the Official Camp and Clinic of Major League Soccer, has partnered with Real Salt Lake to provide Packaged Camps, Clinic & Training Services and Supply Opportunities to the Greater Utah Community. To host a Program in your community, call (800) 680-6272 or by logging onto www.MLScamps.com and register for a program near you.


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