A high-stakes showdown between Sporting Kansas City and LAFC will determine which club finishes atop the Western Conference heading into the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Manager Peter Vermes’ side currently occupies first place in the West, but could finish anywhere between first and fourth by the end of a mouthwatering Decision Day that is sure to thrill from beginning to end.
That alone creates a palpable buzz ahead of Sunday’s matchup at 3:30 p.m. CT inside world-class Children’s Mercy Park.
But wait just a minute—we’re only getting started.
Sporting Kansas City’s regular season finale also serves as its Fan Appreciation Match, which will see the club treat supporters to a variety of perks as part of a can’t-miss matchday experience.
Before we jump into details, snap up those tickets while you still can. A limited number, including standing-room only tickets, are still available via SeatGeek.com as Sporting KC and LAFC battle for the No. 1 playoff seed in one of 11 MLS matches kicking off simultaneously on Decision Day.
OK, then, let’s jump into everything you need to know about Sporting KC’s Fan Appreciation Match.
Digital Scratchers on Sporting KC Uphoria
Everyone. Gets. A. Prize. Literally. All fans who download the Sporting KC Uphoria app on the App Store or Google Play and participate in the digital scratcher game are guaranteed to walk away with one of thousands of prizes. Among the biggest items up for grabs:
- 2019 Sporting KC season tickets
- A Sporting KC-branded cedar chest cooler
- A Sporting KC-branded backyard fire pit
- A Sporting KC-branded cruiser bike
- VIP experiences and team-signed memorabilia
And that’s not to mention the countless SportingStyle and concession offers available to those who open their digital scratcher within Uphoria. To redeem their rewards, fans will be instructed to visit either the Toyota Plaza redemption tent, a SportingStyle location or one of the many concession stands. But first things first: download Uphoria if you haven’t done so already.
Social Media Giveaways
Whether you have tickets to Sunday’s game or not, keep your eyes peeled on the Sporting KC social media channels — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the whole nine yards. Between now and Sunday, the club will be doling out a slew of prizes to fans, including but not limited to the following:
- Tickets and Ameritas Shield Club passes to SKC’s first home playoff match
- Two tickets to #SKCvLAFC along with a $100 SportingStyle gift card
- Tim Melia-signed gloves
- Ilie Sanchez-signed boots
- A Johnny Russell-signed team photo
- A Graham Zusi-signed team photo
Support the Chiefs in the Budweiser Brew House
The Budweiser Brew House will be open to all ticket holders at 11:30 a.m. CT on Sunday, giving fans the opportunity to catch the Chiefs-Broncos game and spend their entire afternoon at Children’s Mercy Park. All fans with a match ticket are welcome into the Brew House during the NFL showdown, and non-Members Stand ticket holders will be ushered out of the Budweiser Brew House to their respective seat locations after the Chiefs game ends.
50 Percent Off Primary Kit Items
SportingStyle will be conducting its Ivy Investments Fan Appreciation Sale on Sunday, featuring 50 percent off all primary jersey items. If you don’t have a Sporting blue primary kit, there’s no better time to purchase one.
Pop Sockets for Early Arrivals
The first 5,000 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a free pop socket courtesy of match sponsor PNC Bank.
Play with the Pros
In the lead-up to Sunday, Sporting KC Homegrown duo Gianluca Busio and Daniel Salloi will play against fans in the newly released EA SPORTS FIFA 19 video game on Twitch this Friday from 6-8 p.m. CT. To participate, players can add eSportingKC on the PlayStation Network, send eSportingKC an invite to a FIFA 19 match and watch the stream until they are selected to play. Everyone who watches the stream at Twitch.tv/eSportingKC is eligible to win a signed copy of FIFA 19 with the custom Johnny Russell cover, and one lucky participant will receive a PlayStation 4 Pro.