It's officially been announced that David Beckham will in fact NOT be in Kansas City for LA's game against the Wizards Thursday night. This isn't surprising, it was always gonna be unlikely that the former English captain would be in KC after he hurt his knee in the SuperLiga final.
The Wizards officially announced that today, and to try and ease the back lash the team will take, they've announced a few changes and additions to the pre-game and in game experience for the fans.
The Wizards have gotten rid of the parking charge for the game Thursday, like the rest of this season, parking will be free. They have also instituted a playoff package plan where people can show their Beckhamless game ticket stub and get one free playoff ticket when they buy a playoff ticket. The team will also hold a drawing where 3 kids 14 and under will win the honor of having a Wizards starter come to their school.
The team has also released their full day of activities that will be going on for the game.
• Parking lots open: 3:30 p.m.
• Soccer Celebration: 4-7 p.m.
• Liverpool (A Tribute to the Beatles): 4:30-6:30 p.m.
• Stadium gates open: 5:30 p.m.
• Players warm-up: 6:05-6:43 p.m.
• Cobi Jones tribute: 6:45 p.m.
• Jet-pack delivers game ball: 6:58 p.m.
• Kickoff: 7 p.m.
• Fireworks show: 9 p.m. (approx.)
• Wizards autograph session: 9:15-9:45 p.m. (approx.)
• Post-game celebration at Martini Corner: 10 p.m. - close
Through all this glitz and glamor, though, I have a few problems with what the team is doing here. Of the 3 changes the team has made for the game, how does that benefit season ticket holders? Yes, I know that season ticket holders got tickets to this game at a cheaper price then those that bought their tickets afterwards. But as season ticket holders, we've already paid our $10 parking fee for this game.
Then there is the playoff ticket deal. As season ticket holders, we have our special game A and special game B tickets which as of this posting have not been used for any friendlies. Usually these tickets have doubled as your tickets for playoff games. So there's really no reason for a family that already has season tickets to one more to get one free when they likely already have their playoff tickets with their special game tickets.
As for the children's deal, I don't see much benefit in that for many season ticket holders. Me, I have no kids and I doubt it'd have as much of a WOW impact if a player came to my work.
These 3 benefits for Beckhamless game ticket holders seem to neglect the Wizards season ticket holders who have already paid for the benefits that are being handed out by the team.