Afters days, weeks of months of anticipation, the world's biggest soccer franchise, Manchester United, will open New Arrowhead Stadium tonight at 5 p.m. against the Kansas City Wizards. According to weather reports, game-time temperatures should be in the mid-80s with a 10 percent chance of rain. (But, you and I both know that hurricane-force winds and biblical rains are always possible in KC when a big event is in town.)
This has been a great week for me, both personally and professionally, and has has been a banner week for stories on The Full 90 and The Star for soccer. (Among our favorites:Paul Scholes looks forward to KC visit, Players you know, players you will soon, Who the devil are these guys?, Wizard's English players eager to show their stuff, Wizards deserve our support even against world superpower, View from across the pond and Man United's visit mirrors the Wizards' vision for soccer in KC
But before you head out to Arrowhead this afternoon, here are a few things you need to know.1. Set your DVR.
If you're going to be in attendance, you'll want to make sure you set the DVR to Fox Soccer Channel so you can watch later on how great the atmosphere was. Also, FSC's pre-game show will air at 4:30 p.m.2. Get there early.
The parking lots open at 2 p.m. for tailgaiting and the stadium gates will open at 3:30 p.m. And, sure, the match starts at 5 p.m., but there will be plenty of activities at the stadium before then.
There will be a Fan Fest area on the Northeast side of the stadium adjacent to the Founders Gate featuring live music, a beer garden and interactive displays. Also, Rattle and Hum, a U2 cover band, will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Fan Fest stage.3. Know the rules
Because, well, it's Arrowhead and Manchester United, security will be rather tight. All fans entering the stadium will be subject to security screening such as pat downs and inspections of all bags.
The list of prohibited/restricted items in Arrowhead Stadium
• Firearms, weapons of any type or fireworks
• Bags larger than 8 1/2" x 11" x 6"
• All backpacks
• Sports balls
• Coolers – any size, any type
• Plastic, metal or glass cups, cans or containers
• Thermos bottles or flasks
• Food (this means food not purchased inside of the stadium, of course)
• Beer or liquor
• Video cameras or professional cameras/lenses
• Flammable liquids
• Noisemakers – air horns, klaxon, bells, whistles, etc. (what about vuvuzelas?)
• Boom boxes
• Portable heaters (totally unncessary tonight)
• Laser pointers of any type, poles or rods
• Large strollers
• Flag poles as well as signs/banners deemed offensive by security
• Any other items deemed dangerous or unacceptable by security