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MLS Cup should be hottest ticket, and coldest final ever
by Paul Kennedy, December 2nd, 2013 10PM
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TAGS:  mls, real salt lake, sporting kansas city


[SPORTING KC-REAL SALT LAKE: Countdown] MLS Cup 2013 will surely be remembered for two things: Saturday's Sporting Kansas City-Real Salt Lake game is the hottest ticket in the history of league, and it will be the coldest final.

The extra week between the second leg of the conference final and MLS Cup allowed for the host Sporting Kansas City to conduct ticket sales, but they were not without controversy.

A presale code intended for Sporting KC season-ticket holders having trouble logging into their Ticketmaster account manager to purchase extra MLS Cup tickets ended up in the Twittersphere and was used by Real Salt Lake to buy tickets. When ticket purchases with the code, which never actually had been distributed to Kansas City season-ticket holders, were discovered, they were voided and fans were given their money back.

This is the second year MLS has designated the higher seed as the MLS Cup host. As the visiting team, Real Salt Lake was allocated 1,000 tickets to the game at Sporting Park, where a crowd of more than 21,000 is expected. With a cap on season tickets and a waiting list for 2014, Sporting KC had no trouble selling out the final.

The asking price for tickets on the secondary market should be the highest ever in MLS history -- higher than David Beckham's debut game with the LA Galaxy in 2007 and for MLS Cup 2011 and 2012 -- or for a Kansas City event with the exception of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, where tickets were going for almost $500 on the secondary market.

On Monday, midfield tickets for MLS Cup 2013 were being offered for $400 or more on Stub Hub and Craigslist.

The best seats in the house Saturday will be in the Shield Club -- one seller was offering $600 a ticket on Craigslist -- and it won't be because of the barbecue being sold. Fans will be able to escape the temperatures that are forecast to plummet to the mid-20s by Saturday after being in the 60s on Tuesday.

That's colder than MLS Cup 2010, played in Toronto, where temperatures at game time were 43 degrees. The modern American records for the lowest temperatures at a major pro championship game: 39 degrees at Super Bowl XI in New Orleans (1972) and 38 degrees at Game 4 of the World Series in Cleveland (1997).

MLS Cup Temperatures:
1996 Foxboro, Mass. 44
1997 Washington, D.C. 46
1998 Pasadena, Calif. 74
1999 Foxboro, Mass. 63
2000 Washington, D.C. 77
2001 Columbus, Ohio 68
2002 Foxboro, Mass. 56
2003 Carson, Calif. 71
2004 Carson, Calif. 81
2005 Frisco, Texas 75
2006 Frisco, Texas 61
2007 Washington, D.C. 55
2008 Carson, Calif. 68
2009 Seattle 45
2010 Toronto 43
2011 Carson, Calif. 53
2012 Carson, Calif. 66

  1. Phil Love
    commented on: December 3, 2013 at 8:56 a.m.
    That should be Super Bowl IX in 1975 - last Super Bowl played in Tulane Stadium.
  1. Joe Goss
    commented on: December 3, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
    When does the "modern era" begin? Before the days of the Super Bowl, the NFL Championship Game in 1963 in Chicago was played in 10 degree weather.
  1. Dave Kantor
    commented on: December 3, 2013 at 9:53 a.m.
    Easily the coldest championship game was the 1967 NFL Championship, frequently called the "Ice Bowl" because temperatures were well below zero. Nothing else comes close.
  1. Thomas Brodie
    commented on: December 3, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.
    The Ice Bowl was played during the Super Bowl era, so could actually be considered only a semi-final. If that holds true, the 1963 NFL Championship game would be the coldest.

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