The team has confirmed it, here are details courtesy of the Rapids.
RAPIDS TO HOST SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC IN CLUB’S INAUGURAL “CHARITY SHIELD” MATCH
Colorado to Host Inaugural “Rapids Charity Shield” Fundraiser Game to Benefit Relief Efforts in Haiti on March 19
at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, January 27, 2010) – The Colorado Rapids announced today details of the club’s inaugural “Charity Shield” match, which will take place on Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. MT (6 PT) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
A change from the club’s traditional preseason “Burgundy & Blue Game” will see the Rapids create this new charitable match that will be hosted by the Rapids Community Care Foundation.
Proceeds from the match this year will be donated to UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) to aid relief efforts in Haiti.
The model for the Rapids Charity Shield is based upon Charity or Community Shield games in England, where they are a long standing tradition, annually having the champions of the FA Premier League face the winners of the FA Cup with all proceeds going to charity.
The Colorado Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will be the first of its kind in the history of Major League Soccer.
The Rapids 2010 Charity Shield will also help kick off the club’s 2010 season and generate excitement as the Rapids approach their regular season opener on the road against Chivas USA on Sunday, March 28 at The Home Depot Center.
Tickets for the Rapids Charity Shield Match are priced at $10 for general admission, $15 for club seats and $20 for fieldside seats and will be distributed exclusively through Flash Seats, the team’s new paperless method of ticket delivery. This event will mark the debut of the Flash Seats technology at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Note: Rapids came here last year for a trial of the new pitch at Qwest, this must be the return favor.