So I have made it home. I had a late snack and turned in my recap of the Colorado Rapids 1-0 win over Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and am now sitting here reflecting on the evening and what was in Commerce City. And despite the (exceedingly) poor showing from the Rapids, they are moving on and will (more than likely) face some sort of MLS opponent as they look to advance in the US Open Cup.
Look, I get what I am about to write is not popular. And I get that the Rapids may (or may not) be pissed with what I am about to say, but one of the nice things about Burgundy Wave is that we are independent. We don't have to tow the company line about the team.
With that in mind:
WHAT IN THE CRAP IS WITH THE POOR ATTENDANCE RAPIDS FANS
At the US Open Cup match last night it looked like there was 2,000-3,000 fans there. It was an absolute disgrace. It was an embarrassment. Sure, maybe it was the Rapids front office that dropped the ball. Maybe they could have marketed this one better. Lord knows, they do not always do their best in connecting with supporters. But in this case, I am going to not blame this one on them.
1) They have the number one team in MLS
2) They play in a beautiful soccer specific stadium that is within 20 minutes of Downtown Denver
3) Tickets were between $10 and $15 for the match.
4) They were playing a professional soccer team from Colorado.
So look, I blame this attendance squarely on the shoulders of Rapids fans. Look, if the Rapids were a pile of shit, sure....I'd get that.
BUT THEY ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE
If they played in some sort of American Football stadium that was completely inconvenient to get to that did not have two major freeways near by......I'd get that
BUT THAT IS A LIE AS THEY HAVE GREAT ACCESS AND A SOCCER SPECIFIC STADIUM
If the Rapids were charging a crap ton for tickets to play an opponent that is two divisions down, I would get that as well. No one wants to pay good money to see a crap opponent (like this weekend against the Fire)
BUT THE RAPIDS WERE CHARGING $10 TO $15 TO SEE PROFESSIONAL SOCCER
And if the Rapids were playing some random team that no one heard of, I would get why you would not want to go.
BUT THEY WERE PLAYING THE BLOODY SWITCHBACKS
I get it, we all have lives. But I do not want to hear anyone bitching about attendance or prices or the team sucks. Because you had a chance to see professional soccer, for almost no money, on a beautiful summer night.
So what is your reasoning? Summer vacations? Sure. People are on vacation now. Did you not know about it? That's possible. But let me know. I really want to know. As we look to continue to build the soccer culture here in Colorado it's important to understand why people choose to come or not come to a match. Our neighbors to the West had over 17,000 at their match. And if RSL can get that many, why can't we?