The Rapids need just under 16,000 for their final match (ball give-away night sure to exceed this number) to have a season average of 20K/game. So you might think I'd be spouting off that Denver is Soccertown, USA. ***WRONG*** The Rapids front office has become an amazing selling machine for everything. Kids shirts, soccer balls, pre-game food, new Invesco Field, bobbleheads, fireworks, charity runs, Broncos wives vs Rapids wives, double-headers w/Yanks, and double-headers w/WUSA. At least it's not Beach Boy concerts and beanie babies anymore (somewhat soccer related events these days). Meanwhile, what have the Rapids done for core fans? 1) Fan appreciation night where people WITHOUT season tickets get to buy a ticket for any seat in the house for end-line prices. 2) Supporters section moved to behind the end-line from touch-line near the top of the 18. 3) Badgering of fans by stadium announcer "come on Denver, make some noise." Has opposite effect...in fact it tells the casual fan that this game atmosphere is PATHETIC. If the PA kept quiet, I think the fans would generate their own atmosphere (but the PA guys are used to baseball, basketball, hockey, etc games where fans only cheer when told to do so). 4) At the 80-85 minute, during run of play, they play a "cool" video called peanut butter jelly and pipe music in to get kiddies to dance and shake their tail (so cameras can pan stadium for cute kiddies with spirit). 5) Rapidman (mascot) roams stadium during run of play throwing t-shirts into the audience if they *SCREAM* loud enough. 6) After having a unique identity for 6 years with green uniforms, announce that they're changing to black and blue to match their team's new attitude. For those of you who are attached to teams that have constantly changed colors, this might not be a big deal (you might even be happy about color change if you're a KC fan). But this is similar to the Columbus Crew going black and blue and abandoning black/gold. Nice to know that the Rapids will now be impossible to distinguish from Quakes, Wiz, and Revs. 7) We hear the Galaxy (another Anschutz team) is stealing our green identity. 8) Constant ticket sales INSIDE supporters sections (even behind the end-line) to people who are "shut up and sit down" types. While this doesn't stop us, it causes a issue with security frequently because there's no Rapids front office support to tell security to leave us alone. We basically have to shout down security and the fans who refuse to move to better seats. While we don't have muzak playing during run of play (other than PB&J thing near the end of a match), I'll suspect it will start again next year. Why? Because this supporter has had it. And the Rapids probably don't care. They can sell tickets so well, that having supporters probably means nothing to them. I actually believe they hate supporters because the "shutup and sit down" crowd they sell tickets to complain about the noise we make (and then they feel obliged to make amends to these freak baseball fans who prefer a nice quiet atmosphere so they can talk with their friends rather than watch the game). And I'm sure the Rapids front office will come on here and tell me how lucky I am (as a supporter) to be able to buy $100 season tickets and that I should shut the f-up and be happy with the glorious atmosphere generated at Invesco Field. Next year, I'll be buying $15-$20 single game tickets (for every single game) for the year to continue and support the game itself. I could give a Ratz @$$ how cheap the tickets are. I bought a loaded Honda Accord V6 because they sponsor MLS fur krist sakes. But they've pushed this Rat too far and I won't be running the River Ratz next year. They've proven to me that they don't value the adult supporter in Denver. When the Rapids stop treating the Denver soccer fans like Broncos/Avs/Nuggets/Rockies fans (you're just a cog in the machinery that desires corporate seat buys and sterile canned kiddie atmosphere), I'll return to leading a supporters club (if they want me back). But since they want just another "major league" fan, I'll be just that. A "shut up and sit down" quiet fan that feeds them the money they want in return for being able to watch the game I love in a nearby stadium. If you thought MLS' niche was appealing to the common fan (cheap entertainment with fan driven atmosphere), don't come to Denver.