First fan in Lot F
That honor, according to his friends, belonged to Sean Dane of Raytown. Dane started his Livestrong Sporting Park tailgate at 2 p.m.
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Some fans were allowed into Livestrong Sporting Park before 6, but the gates to the seating bowl didn't open until three hours before kickoff. Trekking from Michocan, Mexico, to see Omar Bravo were Betel Saucedo, his wife Cyintha, and their two daughters, Melina, 13, and Gema, 6. They were the first in line to find a seat around 5 p.m.
First to reach the new Cauldron
Bringing along a bass drum, Mark Smutz, 23, of Overland Park, and Darcy Nord, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., were the first Cauldron members to stake a claim in the new “Blue Hell.”
First band to rock Livestrong Sporting Park
Around the time gates officially opened at 6, The Buster Brody Band started rocking the Sprint Plaza. Will Elniff of Lawrence was hanging on the rail from the start. “I've known about these guys for a long time,” he said. Dave Matthews will play Farm Aid here Aug. 13 and Incubus headlines Buzz Beach Ball on Aug. 19.
First front-row fan
No fan raced to his front-row seat faster than Pat Ervin. Better known as “Big Pat” from Kansas City, Mo., he was situated on the front row by 6:05 and didn't plan to budge. “I've been waiting for this for a long time,” Ervin said. “I've been a fan since the Wizards got started.”
First cheer from the crowd
Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen emerged from the locker room before the game and took in the scene from a rare vantage point, smack dab in the center of the field at 7:07. Several fans recognized him and began cheering his name, prompting Nielsen to clap in acknowledgement.
First corner kick
Omar Bravo unleashed the first corner kick in Livestrong Sporting Park history at 9:14.
First attempt to start The Wave
Fans in the northwest corner of the stadium got The Wave going at 9:21. It died in the Cauldron at 9:22.
First disallowed goal
Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi sent the crowd into a frenzy at 9:24, but his apparent goal was wiped away by an offside penalty.
First yellow card
The first booking at the new stadium belongs to Sporting KC defender Michael Harrington, who was whistled for a reckless challenge at 9:30 in the 21st minute.
First red card
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen became the first player in stadium history to be sent off at 10:35 when he swatted away a Fire chip shot in the 67th minute on a breakaway outside the penalty box. Eric Kronberg, who earned his first career shutout Saturday during a 0-0 draw at Toronto, replaced Nielsen and forward Teal Bunbury left the field.