The inaugural game at Livestrong Sporting Park on June 9th might not kickoff until 9 p.m., but the festivities will start early.
According to a press release by the team: The box office and Member's Club (open to all Member's Stand ticket holders) will open at 5 p.m. All other fans can enter the park at 5:30 p.m. when the gates open to the Sprint Plaza flor Live at LSP presented by Ink, the first of a season-long concert series featuring up-and-coming Kansas City bands. (Ink is The grand-opening ceremonies will feature The Brody Buster Band at 6 p.m. and The Republic Tigers playing after. All concerts in the Live at LSP series are included as part of the game day experience with purchase of a Sporting Kansas City ticket at Livestrong Sporting Park.
The stadium itself will open to fans for the first time at 6 p.m., three hours before kickoff. All ticket holders will receive a new Sporting KC matchday program and an 18" by 24" print featuring the interior of Livestrong Sporting Park upon exiting the stadium.
The pre-game ceremony will include a special video on the HD video boards and a flyover by a stealth bomber. Blues and jazz singer Ida McBeth will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and members of Whiteman Airforce Base will sing "God Bless America."
Other special guests, including MLS commissioner Don Garber, honorary Sporting KC player Chad Ochocino and the club's first manager Ron Newman will be on hand. Following the game, the Member's Club will host a party featuring DJ MikeScott sponsored by 96.5 The Buzz. The Member's Club will remain open until 2 a.m.June 9th, 2011 Schedule of Events
5:00 p.m. Members’ Club opens for Members Stand ticket holders
5:30 p.m. Sprint Plaza opens for all ticket holders
6:00 p.m. Live at LSP, presented by Ink, begins in Sprint Plaza, featuring Brody Buster Band and Republic Tigers
9:00 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire preceded by God Bless America by Whiteman Air Force Base, National Anthem by Ida McBeth and stealth flyover.
11:00 p.m. Commemorative Livestrong Sporting Park prints distributed at exits