Real Madrid Coming To St. Louis In August


Aug 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) celebrates his first of two second half goals against AC Milan during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Real Madrid won the game 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and Relevent Sports have announced that a soccer friendly featuring Real Madrid and Inter Milan will be played at the Edward Jones Dome on August 10th. Ticket will go on sale on Monday July 1st at 10am at the Edward Jones Dome box office and Here is the full release from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission:

"Relevent Sports and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission are proud to announce that Real Madrid and F.C. Internazionale, better known as Inter, will meet August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.  The match would mark the first men’s soccer match at the Edward Jones Dome, which previously a match featuring the U.S. Women’s national team in 2007.Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster with prices ranging from $40-$225. Presale begins at noon on Friday, June 28, 2013; general sales begin Monday, July 1, 2013.Real Madrid and Inter are two of the world’s most recognizable and successful clubs.  The Spanish giants have won a record 32 Spanish La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey titles and nine European championships.  Real Madrid features some of the game’s bigger stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil and recently hired Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti.Inter has won a total of 18 Italian Serie A titles, seven Coppa Italia titles and three European Championships.  The club is currently coached by Walter Mazzarri and features top players Esteban Cambiasso, Fredy Guarin and Samir Handanovic.The Edward Jones Dome will be prepared for soccer by installing a natural turf field configured for 67,000 spectators including 96 premium field seats.Both clubs will travel to St. Louis following their participation in the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup.  The inaugural edition of the tournament will be played in six American cities from July 27 to August 7 and also features Chelsea, Everton, A.C. Milan, Juventus, Valencia and the LA Galaxy.  The tournament finals will be played on August 6 and 7 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.  For more information please go to match also comes on the heels of a match between English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea on May 23 put on by Relevent Sports and the St. Louis Cardinals.  The match, the first soccer event at Busch Stadium, drew a sold-out crowd of 48,263 fans."

This is another great opportunity for St. Louis to show it’s viability as a soccer town to the MLS. Obviously, there are major obstacles to overcome in getting a MLS team to St. Louis (no big name ownership group to purchase a franchise and build a stadium). However, the fan support is there so all it needs now is a team.

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