For the first time in the 25-year history of Major League Soccer, the month of February will mark the start of regular season play. On Feb. 29, clubs across the United States and Canada will step between the white lines with hopes of collecting three points to begin 2020.
A delectable opening day of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 9:30 p.m. CT, giving supporters their first real look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last October.
As the anticipated date approaches, SportingKC.com will roll out a 28-day countdown to first kick, offering a comprehensive preview of the season ahead. From key storylines and positional breakdowns to new fan initiatives and perks at Children’s Mercy Park, our Countdown to Kickoff series will highlight the many reasons to be pumped for Sporting’s 2020 campaign. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to SportingKC.com/countdown.
With the 25th season of Major League Soccer comes the 10th season of Sporting Kansas City competing in the friendly confines of world-class Children’s Mercy Park.
As we begin the Countdown to Kickoff, the ultimate preview of a 2020 campaign that begins four weeks from now in Vancouver, what better way to raise the curtains than by taking a quick look at all the ways supporters can join the euphoria at one of North America’s best soccer-specific stadiums?
This year more than ever, Sporting fans can choose from a variety of excellent ticket packages that cater to their preferences. From high-profile, star-studded matchups and Sunday Fundays to summer fixtures and Saturday showdowns, the Sporting faithful aren’t short on ticket options.
Before we dive in, keep in mind that the absolute best way to every minute of the action is to join the Sporting Kansas City family and become a Season Ticket Member. Two half-season ticket packages are also available.
The electric atmosphere of a home opener at Children’s Mercy Park never disappoints. This bundle gives fans a ticket to Sporting’s highly anticipated home debut against rivals Houston Dynamo on March 7 plus two extra flex matches of their choice. The battle versus Houston is likely to serve as Sporting striker Alan Pulido’s introduction to Children’s Mercy Park.
Season after season, select opponents always stand out on the fixture list. Among them are Western Conference heavyweights LA Galaxy, LAFC, Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers. This quartet of clubs almost always contends near the top of the league, and by default, they are often viewed as Sporting’s fiercest adversaries.
In this mouthwatering package, you get tickets to see Sporting host reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle (May 26), the Galaxy (June 17), Portland (June 28) and LAFC (July 5)—all of which during the warm-weather months when school is out of session.
It’s one of Sporting’s favorite pastimes. This pairing grants entry to the abovementioned home opener and Sporting’s mid-summer matchup against fellow MLS original FC Dallas.
Sunday scaries? No chance whatsoever. This bundle allows fans to enjoy all three Sunday home contests on the 2020 slate—specifically games against Portland (June 28) and LAFC (July 5) on consecutive weekends as well as Sporting’s all-important Decision Day clash with Eastern Conference power New York City FC on Oct. 4, drawing a dramatic close to the regular season.
It’s hard to argue with the belief that summer matches at Children’s Mercy Park can’t be beat. And much to the delight of everyone, Sporting has lucked out in 2020: the club will host a remarkable seven home games in June and July, including six weekend games and one midweek fixture. This package nearly delivers the quantity of a half-season ticket package while ensuring the bliss of summer.
Incredibly enough, 28 of Sporting’s 34 regular season matches will take place on Saturdays. A lucky 13 of those will unfold at Children’s Mercy Park, and fans can pick one each during the spring, summer and fall in this convenient bundle.