May 8, 2012
Who said America doesn’t love fútbol?
The World Football Challenge just became that much bigger as England’s Chelsea FC and Italy’s AC Milan have been added to the event. The two storied clubs will play in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on July 28th. The match came about through a partnership between RSE Ventures, CAA Sports, and the MLS.
“We’re excited to team up with CAA Sports and MLS to bring two of the most successful clubs in the world to Miami,” said Matt Higgins, CEO of RSE Ventures. “We’re pleased Chelsea FC and AC Milan are coming to the home of international soccer for an unforgettable match. Working with the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, we plan a full line up of summer soccer in what promises to be an annual tradition in Miami.” (vis Press Release)
The World Football Challenge, now in its third year focuses on bringing together celebrated soccer clubs across the world and having them play in venues across North America. The event drew more than half a million fans last year, and this summer’s match-ups would tend to lead most to believe that that attendance number will be reached again.
“Miami is a soccer hotbed,” said Mike Dee, CEO of the Miami Dolphins. “This announcement continues the tradition of bringing world-class events to our facility.”
Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday, May 10 through all Ticketmaster outlets. They start as low as $29.
“We look forward to working with RSE Ventures, CAA Sports and Major League Soccer to help make a positive and tangible impact through creative and innovative branding around this great game,” said Peter Murray, CEO of Insignia Sports and Entertainment. “The demand for soccer in South Florida is at an all-time high and the fan experience at this event will be second to none.”
Besides the Chelsea, AC Milan event at Sun Life, the World Football Challenge will include other prestigious match-ups including Real Madrid versus the MLS’ LA Galaxy, and Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain; the first ever soccer match at the new Yankees Stadium.
The 2012 World Football Challenge begins this July.