Whether you’re a new fan or have been around for awhile, you’ve likely heard the buzz about the Colorado Rapids Supporters’ Sale. If you’ve never had the chance to go, it can be quite the experience. It’s a great opportunity to get some sweet swag at about half the price it would normally cost. But it can also be a madhouse. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of this annual event.
When: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday December 10 from 10 am - 2 pm
(Friday, December 9 from 10-12 for STH only.)
Where: Around back by the players’ entrance. Your best bet is to park in Lot A off Prairie Parkway (the Supporters’ Lot)
Do I tell the fiancé how much I spent at the @ColoradoRapids sale today or nah? #Rapids96 pic.twitter.com/ftpYXPCQZm— Abbie (Mood) Lang (@AbbieMood) December 9, 2016
When should I get there?
The sale is not in a big space, so they only let a certain number of people in at a time. I got there 20 minutes early last year and still waited probably 45 minutes. And it was cold. Other fans have recommended getting there at least an hour or two before it opens.
What do they have?
Just about everything, but don’t expect to find something from every player. Last year, for example, there wasn’t any Gashi gear (although there could have only been a little bit and maybe it got snagged early).
They have practice jerseys and shorts, t-shirts, coats, jackets, game-worn jerseys, hats, scarves, leftover (non-used) socks, practice balls, bags, and probably some other things I can’t remember.
- They replenish the stock as they have it, until it runs out. I wouldn’t wait until Sunday if you can help it.
- If you work on the weekend, this is not a “I’m going to run over there during my lunch break” thing. I was probably there for about 3 hours from start to finish.
- Last year, the game kits were in the back, so if that’s what you want, go straight there. Most of the other stuff can be seen as you wrap back around through the line to pay.
If you’ve been to the sale, what other tips would you give first timers?