A fan guide from U.S. Soccer for the USWNT match on Saturday

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is coming to town on Saturday to take on Canada as both teams prepare to head to the 2012 Olympics in London. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

So I am not sure if all of you got the email earlier today that was sent out by US Soccer so I thought I would share it with you as it impacts your experience on Saturday.

Dear Ticket Buyer,

On behalf of all the U.S. Women's National Team players and staff, we appreciate you coming out to support the USA during this important and exciting match at Rio Tinto Stadium. I know that the players and coaches are looking forward to a tremendous atmosphere with thousands of fans decked out in red, white and blue.

The U.S. Women's National Team has spent the last four months preparing for the Olympics and we're looking forward to the chance to take the field in front of our home fans for the last time before heading to the U.K. later this summer. The Olympics are right around the corner!

As a coach, every chance to get a full international match against a top team before we take on the world's best at the Olympics is extremely valuable for the development of our team. Canada also qualified for the Olympic Games and is finishing their final preparations as well, which hopefully will make for an entertaining match for all the fans.

Once again, thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy the game!

Pia Sundhage
U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach

U.S. Soccer looks forward to hosting you on Saturday afternoon for the U.S. Women's National Team match against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 12 p.m. MT.
In this e-mail you will find information and links that will help with your preparations and enhance your experience at the stadium. Parking lots open at 9 a.m. MT and the gates to the stadium open at 10:30 a.m. MT.

more information like restricted items and more after the jump:

Fan Guide
U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada

Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 12 p.m. MT
Stadium Gates: 10:30 a.m. MT

Stadium Map

[web] [mobile]

Parking Information

Lots open at 9 a.m. MT
Parking Map: [web]
Directions: [web]
Address: 9256 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070
Coordinates: 40.582882,-111.893306

Tailgating is permitted in lots operated by Rio Tinto Stadium with the following restrictions:

  • No charcoal grills or open fires
  • Vehicles tailgating may only take up one parking space

Prohibited Items

The following items will not be permitted inside Rio Tinto Stadium:

  • No outside food or drink
  • No bottles, cans, coolers
  • Noisemakers - no vuvuzelas (plastic horns), no compressed air horns, no whistles (drums, musical instruments, maracas for example are permitted)
  • No pets (service animals accommodated under ADA)
  • No umbrellas
  • No strollers (in seating bowl)
  • No laser pointers
  • No weapons of any kind
  • No fireworks, flares, smoke bombs or other incendiary devices
    (violation is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to $1850 fine, 180 days in jail or both)

Will Call Location

Open at 9 a.m. MT. Pick up your tickets early to avoid the rush.
Location: Ticket Office located by West Entrance.

Merchandise Locations

Exclusive U.S. Soccer gear will be on-sale during this event, including the new National Team jerseys. Get merchandise at one of the following locations: Kennecott Plaza, NE Plaza, Section 201 and the store front inside the gates.

To purchase gear before or after the game, please visit ussoccerstore.com.

U.S. WNT Public Training Session
All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women's National Team public training session on Friday, June 29, at Rio Tinto Stadium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT in Sandy, Utah. The stadium will open at 11 a.m. and admission is free.

The session will be the USA's final public training before the start of the 2012 London Olympics and is part of the Olympic Day celebrations which are being held from June 22-July 1 in communities across the United States and the world. Olympic Day is celebrated to spread the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.

Fans wishing to attend the open training session are requested to register at the following URL: www.ussoccer.com/Community/Public-Training.aspx.

Respect Campaign
In an effort to encourage U.S. National Team supporters to create a positive, safe and enjoyable environment on game day, U.S. Soccer has introduced the Respect Campaign. Fans are encouraged to provide an enthusiastic and positive atmosphere by showcasing to the world our love and appreciation for the beautiful game. We ask you to familiarize yourselves with a fan Code of Conduct, which is posted on ussoccer.com and is part of the Respect Campaign.

Guest Assist: Text for Help

U.S. Soccer will be utilizing an in-stadium text assistance program throughout the game. For assistance during the game, reach out to U.S. Soccer staff immediately by texting SOCCER followed by your issue to 78247. Local messaging rates may apply.

Join U.S. Soccer Supporters Club

The U.S. Soccer Supporters Club is the official fan membership program for fans of the U.S. National Teams. Members receive a package of exclusive benefits.
Register today: [ussoccer.com] [mobile]

Join the e-Supporters Club

U.S. Soccer's Electronic Supporters Club allows fans to connect to U.S. Soccer via regular email updates. Sign up for free and receive the latest news via U.S. Soccer Weekly, special deals at ussoccerstore.com and ticketing email alerts to buy tickets ahead of the general public (but after U.S. Soccer SC).
Sign Up Today: [ussoccer.com]

U.S. Soccer on Twitter and Facebook
Get the lineup on your phone Saturday by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter. Get inside access with in-game updates, photos and all the latest from U.S. Soccer. Tag your USA-Canada tweets with #USAvCAN.
[twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt]

Join more than 825,000 other U.S. Soccer fans on Facebook, where we post videos, photos and all the latest news from U.S. Soccer.
[facebook.com/ussoccer]

USA-Canada - A Closer Look
For more news, game notes, highlights and more, be sure to bookmark ussoccer.com to stay up to date on the U.S. Women's National Team.
[ussoccer.com] [mobile]

U.S. Women's National Team Roster
Head coach Pia Sunhage has announced the roster for Sunday's match as well as for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Visit ussoccer.com to see who will be available for selection against Canada.
U.S. Roster: [web] [mobile]

So there you go a whole lot of information about Saturday's match as well as the link to get signed up for the public training session on Friday, which I highly recommend if you can get to it. Now I did notice there was no mention of cameras with long lenses in the info, so I did some checking and was informed that the stadium limit is 2 inch lenses in the stands at Rio Tinto. So now you know, my advice is if you take a camera with a longer lens be prepared to take it back to your car.

I will be enjoying myself in the stands for this one, so I hope I see you there.

OFF MY SOAPBOX

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