KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Wizards and U.S. women's national team will take part in a soccer coubleheader at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night. Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly and the rest of the Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. women's national team will take on Mexico at 5 p.m. CT and will be immediately followed by the Wizards regular season finale against Western Conference rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. CT.
The U.S. women, coming off an impressive gold medal performance at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, will play their fifth of ten matches on their "Fan Celebration Tour" which also marks the farewell appearance with the national team of stars Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett.
Following the Women's game, the Wizards will host the Galaxy in a crucial Western Conference showdown with the #1 seed in the Western Conference and home field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line. The Wizards (13-9-7, 46 points) currently lead the Galaxy (11-8-10, 43 points) by three points in the standings and need a win, a tie or a loss by one goal against Los Angeles to capture the Western Conference regular season title.
Kansas City could also clinch the Supporters Shied, awarded to the team with the best record in MLS, with a win combined with a Columbus loss at Colorado. The Wizards 46 points are just two behind the Crew's 48 points. A Wizards win by two goals and a Columbus tie this weekend would also clinch the second Supporters Shield in Kansas City history, following the honor they received in 2000.
Ticket prices for the Arrowhead Soccer Doubleheader are Club Level: $32; Lower Level Sideline: $27 and Lower Level Endline: $17. Groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets in any seating area and receive a $2 per ticket discount by calling the Kansas City Wizards office at 816-920-9300.
Wizards season ticket holders and other individual ticker buyers who already have purchased tickets to the Wizards game on Oct. 16 need to upgrade their tickets at the Wizards box office in order to attend the U.S. women's game. Wizards season tickets holders can purchase tickets to the doubleheader at the discounted rate of $30 club level / $25 lower level sideline / and $15 lower level endline general admission. Each club level, sideline and general admission ticket already purchased will receive a credit towards the purchase of a doubleheader ticket for both games.
Individual tickets for the U.S. women's and Wizards doubleheader are available through Ticketmaster by calling 816-931-3330 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Wizards box office located at Gate D1 at Arrowhead Stadium, which will open at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday.
The soccer doubleheader has drawn tremendous attention throughout Mid-America. Currently, the Wizards have ticket buyers from 27 different states and are expecting a crowd of over 20,000 for Saturday's matches. Fans who have not upgraded their tickets for Saturday's doubleheader are encouraged to come to the stadium early to avoid lines at the ticket office windows.
As part of fan appreciation night, following the Wizards game there will be a team autograph party in the Pavilion at Arrowhead, located across from Gate D. Fans will receive a limited edition team poster, compliments of Nokia & Verizon Wireless, as they exit the Stadium and will have the chance to get autographs of all Wizards players following the game.
For more information on the doubleheader, ticket pricing or upgrade policy or for a list of approved and prohibited items at the stadium, please call for the Wizards Office at 816-920-9300 or log on to www.kcwizards.com