Top international clubs Real Madrid CF and Manchester United will face off at Michigan Football Stadium on Saturday, August 2 as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup.
“We are excited about the opportunity to host two of soccer’s premier clubs at Michigan Stadium,” said Athletic Director Dave Brandon. “This is a rare chance for the Ann Arbor community and thousands of soccer fans in and around the southeast Michigan area to watch elite level professional soccer.”
The economic impact of this match is expected to exceed that of a sold-out Michigan football game, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of $14 million.
Exclusive presale tickets for the match will be available Monday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. ET while the general public will have access to tickets beginning Thursday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. ET through the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office.
Tickets for this game will start as low as $45.
The Guinness International Champions Cup is a unique tournament featuring; Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos.
The format is simple, twelve round robin contests will be held across North America from July 24-August 2, the tournament will then crown an overall champion August 4, in Miami.
“This match promises to be an exciting event for players and fans alike. Tour matches of this nature provide great preparation for the team as we look forward to the 2014-15 season,” said Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold. “This will be the team’s first ever match in Michigan and playing at the iconic Big House will be a memorable experience for all involved.”
Michigan-based automaker Chevrolet joins as sponsor of the tournament as well as its seven-year shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.
A natural surface will be installed shortly before the match kicks off and will be immediately removed so Michigan football can resume their scheduled activities.
With a capacity of nearly 110,000, the Big House is in position to break the attendance record for a soccer game in the United States. The current record is 101,799, which was set in Pasadena, California in 1984 when France beat Brazil in the Olympic gold metal match.
Not only does this match provide Ann Arbor with a possible record-breaking event, but it provides the state of Michigan with a fantastic opportunity to fall in love with the world’s most popular sport.
This match could turn out to be the stepping stone to bring a Major League Soccer team to the great state of Michigan. Soccer fans, new and old, will now be able to experience the passion and excitement behind professional soccer, first hand.