Sporting Blue for Life Continuous Membership Program
Membership Policies and Procedures
The following terms and conditions (the “Agreement”) apply to the Sporting Blue for Life Continuous Membership Program (individually, a “Membership,” collectively, the “Memberships”).
In this Agreement, “Sporting Kansas City” means the professional Major League Soccer team operated by OnGoal, LLC and “Member” means an individual or entity who has purchased or is in possession of a Membership. A “Season” shall mean the regular season of Sporting Kansas City as determined by Major League Soccer (“MLS”) each year, but shall exclude pre-season and post-season. The breach of any of the terms and conditions contained herein will automatically terminate the grant of license and benefits provided by the Membership.
Sporting Blue for Life: Continuous Membership Benefits
- Dedicated Client Services Executive
- Includes all Sporting Kansas City Home matches (excluding Playoffs, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final, and Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Final)
- Automatic opt-in for playoff ticket packages (does not include MLS Cup)
- Exclusive Sporting Blue for Life Member Scarf
- Exclusive merchandise and concessions discount
AUTOMATIC RENEWAL AND PAYMENT TERMS
By purchasing a Membership, you are joining the Sporting Blue for Life Continuous Membership Program that will renew every year under the following payment terms:
- Payment Plan Options. Members will have access to two payment plans:
- Annual Plan: This plan allows Members to pay 100% of the cost of their Membership every August 31 for the next Season. This payment may be made using American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa (each a “Credit Card”).
- Monthly Installment Plan Payment: This plan allows Members to pay for the cost of their membership for the following Season by making seven (7) equal payments commencing on August 31, with the next payments being due on the last day of each of the 6 next months. These seven (7) monthly payments may be made by Credit Card only. If the Credit Card is declined for a payment for any reason, Sporting Kansas City will re-run the Credit Card 24 hours later, and again 48 hours after the payment was initially declined. If at this point payment has not been made, Sporting Kansas City will attempt to notify the Member by email and/or telephone to request that the payment information be updated. If the issue with the Credit Card is not remedied within 15 days of the date payment was initially declined, Membership benefits for the following season shall be suspended until payment in full is made.
- Annual Plan: This plan allows Members to pay 100% of the cost of their Membership every August 31 for the next Season. This payment may be made using American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa (each a “Credit Card”).
Please note that any Playoff Matches will be billed to Members on a match-by-match basis as such matches are confirmed, regardless of the payment plan selected by the Member. See Section 3. Play-Off Tickets: Automatic Renewal below.
- Automatic Ticket Renewal.
With the purchase of a Membership for the upcoming Season, Members agree to enter into an automatic renewal membership program. Through this program, Members will have their Membership automatically renewed for the upcoming Season each August 31, until such time as they choose to opt-out of their Membership in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Agreement.
Sporting Kansas City’s Client Services Team will send a renewal notice to Members at least 30 days prior to August 31 each year. This renewal notice will specify the new pricing for the Member’s tickets for the upcoming Season as well as any other ticket changes or Membership benefits. Members may opt-out of their Membership for the upcoming Season any time before August 31 by contacting a member of the Sporting Kansas City Client Services Team. Any such Member who opts-out of the next Season will retain Membership status for the remainder of the current Season and any outstanding or future Membership payments relating to the current Season must be paid by the Member.
If notice of cancellation is not received by Sporting Kansas City within the time frame specified above, the Member’s tickets shall be automatically renewed for the upcoming Season and the Member’s first payment shall be due and payable in accordance with the payment option selected under the Agreement.
Any changes to the price of the Membership, or any material changes to the Membership benefits, will be communicated to Members at least 30 days prior to the automatic renewal date of August 31 each year. If Members wish to select a different payment plan at the start of each subsequent Season, they may do so by informing the Sporting Kansas City Client Services department prior to August 31 for the following Season provided that no change in a payment plan will be effective until confirmed in writing by Sporting Kansas City.
The Membership cannot be suspended for any period of time. If a Member chooses to cancel the Membership for any period, the Member will need to re-establish Membership, subject to availability, and be subject to the then-current Member pricing and benefits.
Individuals or entities who select a Membership expressly authorize the initial and continued payments in accordance with their selected payment plan for the current Season and for each subsequent Season, until such time as they choose to opt-out of their Membership as provided herein.
- Play-offs Tickets: Automatic Renewal.
Because of the inherent uncertainty associated with playoff games, each playoff game is at an additional cost above the annual Membership payment. Members automatically retain their seats for all playoff games at Children’s Mercy Park, excluding MLS Cup Finals. Playoff tickets will be charged to the Member’s account in advance of each playoff round. Upon release of the playoff schedule, Sporting Kansas City shall send Members a notice of playoff ticket pricing information. Upon receipt of playoff ticket pricing information, Member may provide written notice by the date listed in the notice to opt-out of the playoffs, not be charged, and said opt-out shall cause no change to the Member’s status.
If notice of opt-out for the playoffs is not received by Sporting Kansas City within the time frame as specified, Member will automatically receive tickets for the playoff games that Season, as applicable, and the Member’s payment shall be due and payable in accordance with the ticket pricing information provided.
MEMBERSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. REVOCABLE LICENSE
Sporting Kansas City owns and controls all rights to seat locations for Sporting Kansas City home games at Children's Mercy Park ("CMP" or “Stadium”). A purchaser of the Membership obtains a license, in the form of the ticket, to use the seat location at the Stadium designated by the ticket. Sporting Kansas City, in its sole and absolute discretion, may revoke this license at any time upon refunding the purchase price printed on the ticket to the Member, OR after any misconduct by the Member or the user of Member’s ticket for any particular match (herein after referred to as a “Ticket User”), without refund. This license is granted on a game-to-game basis, and is subject to all rules, regulations and policies relating to tickets as established from time to time by Sporting Kansas City, the Stadium and MLS. Breach of any of the terms of this Agreement or relevant ticket policies shall entitle Sporting Kansas City to take all available legal remedies, including but not limited to revocation or cancellation of your Membership.
2. PAYMENT AUTHORIZATION
Member understands that by signing the Membership Agreement, Member is authorizing Sporting Kansas City to bill the Member for Membership dues in accordance with the payment terms that the Member selects. For all Membership payments, this payment authorization shall remain in effect for so long as the Membership remains in effect. The Member hereby represents and warrants that the Member has the authority to approve charges in accordance with the listed payment information for the purpose of paying the Membership dues. The Member understands and agrees that Sporting Kansas City is not liable in any way for erroneous billing statements or incorrect charges, and that in the event of such a billing error, Sporting Kansas City’s only responsibility is to correct it after it receives notice of the error. All deposits and/or payments made are non-refundable.
The Member understands that it is solely the Member’s responsibility to ensure the Member’s payment information is current and to notify Sporting Kansas City of any deficiencies, and that the Member’s failure to do so within the specified time frame may result in a loss of Membership privileges and potential revocation of the Membership. Under the Membership, all payments are due on the dates specified regardless of match cancellations or rescheduling – refunds will be addressed in accordance with the applicable policy in effect at that time for the applicable match.
Sporting Kansas City accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa for ticket orders. Checks are acceptable in advance only and may be made payable to: Sporting Kansas City. Cash is acceptable for walk-up sales at the box office. All orders will have a processing fee assessed. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges are permitted.
3. ACCOUNT OWNERSHIP
The Member is the rights holder, and can be either an individual or business entity, on the original application for the Membership. If the Member is a business entity, a contact name must be provided to Sporting Kansas City. The business entity may request a change in the name of the contact person for its account at any time. A request to change the contact person of an entity must be submitted to Sporting Kansas City in writing on company or entity letterhead and signed by an authorized representative.
Sporting Kansas City’s acceptance of Membership payments for a Membership from any individual or entity who is not the account holder for such Membership does not grant any Membership rights to such individual or entity or cause or require Sporting Kansas City to change the name of the Member on the account. Any rights or privileges associated with a Membership belong only to the account holder of record as indicated on Sporting Kansas City’s records. Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to require that any transaction pertaining to a Membership held in a corporate name be supported by appropriate corporate confirmation documents.
Membership accounts and/or account numbers are not transferable from one person or entity to another. The Member name under which an account has been purchased may not be changed, with the following exceptions: Legal name change, change in marital status, change in business name, dissolution of business, sale of business, or death of account holder. All requests for account information changes must be submitted in writing.
4. TICKET TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Members are prohibited from transferring their Membership to any person, whether by a request to transfer the account into another name, or by an attempt to transfer the seat locations by sale, gift, transfer by will or trust, property settlement, transfer to creditors, or any other means. Any attempt to sell or otherwise transfer Membership privileges to third parties will not be recognized by Sporting Kansas City and may result in cancellation of the Membership, all tickets and Member privileges. Any court order directing distribution of the tickets to a person not listed as the Member, whether in bankruptcy or otherwise, may result in Sporting Kansas City immediately exercising by Sporting Kansas City its right to revoke the license represented by the tickets, including any ticket renewal privileges, upon refund by Sporting Kansas City of all amounts paid for matches that have not yet been played.
Sporting Kansas City generally recognizes two exceptions to the above policy. First, Sporting Kansas City will generally allow tickets to be transferred to Member’s immediate family upon the death of Member. Immediate family members shall be defined as a person's spouse and relatives by birth or marriage including siblings, parents, children, in-laws, and any financial dependents. A request to transfer Membership privileges to an immediate family member of a deceased Member must be submitted to Sporting Kansas City in writing by the deceased's personal representative or other authorized representative, and must be supported by appropriate documentation satisfactory to Sporting Kansas City. Such documentation may include but is not limited to a death certificate, probate or trust documents, and proof of relationship.
Second, if the member is a business entity, Sporting Kansas City will generally allow Membership to be transferred upon the sale or dissolution of an entity. A request to transfer season ticket privileges of an entity account must be submitted to Sporting Kansas City in writing by the contact person for the account, and must be supported by appropriate documentation satisfactory to Sporting Kansas City. Such documentation may include but is not limited to corporate resolutions, asset or stock purchase agreement, and/or dissolution documents. Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to approve or reject any such requests in its sole and absolute discretion.
5. PROHIBITION ON ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION
Tickets or Membership privileges may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes) or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Sporting Kansas City.
6. PROMOTIONAL USE OF MEMBER IMAGE
The Member or Ticket User grants permission to Sporting Kansas City and MLS (and their respective affiliates, designees, representatives and agents) to utilize the Member or Ticket User’s image, likeness, actions and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of or at the match in any medium or context for any purpose, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.
7. MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES SUBJECT TO BYLAWS
Members agree to abide by applicable rules, regulations, or policies set by Sporting Kansas City, MLS, and Stadium, including without limitation, the MLS Fan Code of Conduct (http://www.mlssoccer.com/fans/code-of-conduct), any applicable Sporting Kansas City policies or Stadium rules and policies, including without limitation any Children’s Mercy Park policies (//www.sportingkc.com/childrens-mercy-park/guide). Members further acknowledge that they will be bound and agree to abide by any modification or amendment of the foregoing rules, regulations and policies as may apply from time to time.
8. FAN BEHAVIOR
Each Member and Ticket User is subject to the Ticket Policy and Stadium Rules of Conduct.
All tickets remain the property of Sporting Kansas City and each is a revocable license which may be withdrawn, and admission refused anytime. Members are responsible for the actions of themselves and any individual using their seats. Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to terminate the Membership in its entirety if the Member or any individual using the seats engages in disorderly conduct or otherwise fails to follow Stadium rules and regulations. In such a case no refund shall be made of any amounts paid for such Memberships and the Member waives its right to any such refund.
Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person who violates Stadium polices or whose conduct is deemed disorderly or for the protection of patrons. All persons seeking entry into the Stadium specifically consent to and are subject to metal detector and physical pat-down inspections prior to entry. All bags may be thoroughly searched.
Any Member or Ticket User who behaves in an unruly or disruptive manner, including, but not limited to, foul language, intoxication, vandalism, physical or verbal abuse of other fans, Stadium employees, match officials, players or coaches during, before or after a match may be asked to leave the Stadium. Member of record is responsible for such behavior by anyone using their tickets. Sporting Kansas City reserve the right in the event of such behavior, to terminate your Membership without refund or other compensation.
9. Distribution of Ticket Package
Members will receive their ticket package approximately two (2) weeks prior to the first match of the Season. A physical address is required for delivery. Tickets will not be delivered to a PO BOX address.
10. Season Ticket Member Priority Parking
Members will receive complimentary parking in a designated lot for the Season. The number of parking booklets received is based upon the total number of seats in the Membership account.
Membership accounts with 1 – 4 seats will receive one parking booklet per Season. Accounts with 5 – 8 seats will receive two parking booklets per Season. Accounts with 9 – 12 seats will receive three parking booklets per Season and any account with 13 or more seats will need to speak with their Client Services Representative.
11. Lost or Stolen Tickets
Lost or stolen season ticket card(s) can be replaced only under the conditions set forth by Sporting Kansas City management, and only to the Member. Re-printed cards will be issued upon payment of the full face value of the lost tickets. Reports of stolen tickets or cards must be accompanied by a police report indicating the circumstances of the theft. Stolen tickets (with police report) will be replaced without additional charges. If lost tickets are later recovered, a refund of additional charges may be obtained by sending the unused, lost tickets and the re-printed tickets to Sporting Kansas City Client Services Team, within thirty (30) days after the match for which the Member required the replacement tickets. Please contact Sporting Kansas City Client Services (888) 4KC - GOAL to determine eligibility for replacement tickets.
12. Change of Address
It is the Member's responsibility to notify the Sporting Kansas City Client Services Team of any change of address to insure prompt delivery of tickets, notices and other dated material. Address changes may also be made through your exclusive access to My Sporting KC Account Manager on SportingKC.com.
13. No Refund Policy
No refunds, exchanges or cancellations are permitted unless Sporting Kansas City is unable to fill your order. Refunds will not be granted due to a match date or time change.
14. Rainout Policy
Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to change the date and/or starting time of any event or match and no such change shall entitle the Member to a refund. In the event of cancellation of an event or match, Sporting Kansas City shall not be required to issue a refund provided that the Member is given the right, within twelve months of the date of the original event, to attend a rescheduled performance of the same event or to exchange the ticket for a comparable ticket to another similar event as designated by Sporting Kansas City.
If a match or event is not rescheduled within twelve months of the date of the original event, with same valid ticket, the rain check must be exchanged at the Sporting Kansas City box office in person by the Member or by mail for a ticket of the same price, if available, for any future regularly scheduled match of the current season. If a match is rescheduled, NO REFUNDS or EXCHANGES will be issued. The original ticket will be valid for the makeup match.
15. RELEASE OF LIABILITY
THE MEMBER, BOTH FOR THE MEMBER AND FOR EACH TICKET USER, ACKNOWLEDGES THE RISKS INHERENT IN ATTENDING A LIVE SPORTING EVENT AND (i) VOLUNTARILY ASSUMES ALL RISKS AND DANGERS arising from or related in any way to attendance at the event in respect of which a ticket has been issued, whether occurring prior to, during or after such an event, including but not limited to the risk of lost, stolen or damaged property and the risk of personal injury or death, including all risk of injury or death resulting from the negligence or misconduct of other patrons, (ii) agrees to be bound by the terms printed on the back of each match ticket provided that if there is any necessary conflict between the terms on the match ticket and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement will govern, and (iii) AGREES THAT THE MLS, SPORTING KANSAS CITY, STADIUM, THEIR RESPECTIVE AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED ENTITIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, PLAYERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, PARTNERS, OWNERS, SPONSORS, CONTRACTORS AND OTHER AGENTS SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY RESULTING FROM SUCH CAUSES AND ARE EXPRESSLY RELEASED FROM SAME.
16. AGREEMENT MODIFICATION
Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions and the Membership Agreement terms in its sole discretion by posting such amendments (the “Amendments”) to //www.sportingkc.com/tickets/season-tickets/ticket-policies.
If Amendments are to take effect upon commencement of a subsequent Season, Members will be notified of any such Amendments prior to any renewal date for the Membership.
If Amendments are to take effect during the current Season and in the discretion of the Sporting Kansas City are reasonably necessary to address safety, security or emergency situations, Members will be informed of any such Amendments upon the Amendments taking effect and will not entitle a Member to any refunds of any payments made prior to the Amendments if the Member subsequently chooses to cancel the Membership as a result of the Amendments.
Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, Sporting Kansas City reserve the right to:
- relocate Members during the Season and at any time during the playoffs to accommodate broadcast or security requirements, or for any other reasonable purpose in the sole discretion of Sporting Kansas City. Members will not be eligible for any refunds of any installment payments made prior to the relocation if the Member subsequently chooses to cancel the Membership as a result of the relocation; and
- modify Membership pricing for future seasons.
17. General Admission Seating
General Admission seating sections, including Members’ Stand, South Stand, and Bud Light Landing, are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should not leave single seats open, as these areas are consistently sold out.
18. Bud Light Landing
The Bud Light Landing is a General Admission section and is a first-come, first-served section. There is no guaranteed seating in this area.
20. Notices and Requests
All notices and requests relating to a Membership account, whether or not described above, must be given in writing by the Member, and sent to the attention of Sporting Kansas City Client Services. No notice or request will be effective or acted upon by Sporting Kansas City until received in writing. All correspondence concerning a Membership account should include the account number and daytime phone number for the Member. Notices and requests from Sporting Kansas City are communicated to Members via several methods, independent of and/or in combination with each other, and include but are not limited to U.S. Postal Service, telephone, e-mail or other social media outlets. It is the Member's sole responsibility to maintain accurate, current and complete contact information on their Membership account.
21. Governing Law
These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of Kansas without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement must be brought in the courts in the state of Kansas. The Member knowingly, voluntarily and irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in either Johnson or Wyandotte County, Kansas in any such action or proceeding and waives any objection it may now or hereafter have to venue or to convenience of forum.
22. Additional Matters
The foregoing policies and procedures attempt to cover most situations relating to Members at the Stadium. They do not apply to any matches (home or away) played by Sporting Kansas City at a location other than the Stadium. In the event any issue or matter relating to the Membership is not covered, or if there is a question of interpretation of the policies and procedures or in the event of any dispute between Sporting Kansas City and any Member or Ticket User, or any Member and a third party in regard to the Membership, Sporting Kansas City reserves the right to make all final decisions and determinations and take all actions necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, to resolve or dispute the issue. Sporting Kansas City further reserves the right to modify and/or terminate any or all of the foregoing policies or procedures from time to time with or without prior notice to Members.
In order to ensure an excellent experience for all Members, Membership benefits, including but not limited to, future match exchange program and special events, are subject to change from year to year or/and within a season.
23. Acceptance of Terms/Conditions: