[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.
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
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: YEAR LOCATION DEGREES 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
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