CHICAGO (July 23, 2015) – Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures – a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies – today announced that the Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness match at Soldier Field has sold-out. The contest is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, with kickoff slated for 8 p.m. CDT.
This International Champions Cup sellout illustrates the strong demand for the tournament and matchup of two of the most prestigious clubs in the world.
“We are excited to announce yet another sellout,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are world class organizations. Not often do you have the opportunity to see these two teams face off outside of UEFA Champions League play and we are happy to provide the great Chicago sports town the experience of world class competition.”
The International Champions Cup is also proud to partner with Vivid Seats, the official ticket reseller for the tournament. Vivid Seats provides access for fans to buy and sell premium tickets to all matches. Premium tickets to the sold out match at the Soldier Field can be found here.
“It’s no coincidence that an iconic venue hosting world-class teams like Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain is sold out,” said Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO. “Prestigious events like International Champions Cup matches help fund parks and programs across Chicago, while exposing thousands of visitors to our great city.”
The match will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Soldier Field has a rich history hosting major events in the City of Chicago. Since 1924, the stadium has hosted numerous sporting events, international festivals, concerts, community and historic events including the first Special Olympic Games in 1968, Opening Ceremonies for the FIFA World Cup in 1994, NFL NFC Championship Game in 2010, Notre Dame Shamrock Series in 2012, CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship: USA vs. Panama in 2013, NHL Stadium Series Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014 and USA vs. NZ All Blacks Rugby in 2014. Arguably the most recognizable football club in the world, Manchester United is the most successful team in English league football and has been home to some of the game’s greats, such as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. The club is also incredibly successful off the field, having become the first sports franchise to be valued at over $3 billion, according to Forbes.
The record 20-time league title winners have dominated English football for much of the last 25 years and during that time, some of the biggest names in football, including Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, have pulled on the famous red shirt and run out on Old Trafford's hallowed turf. And they all played under the greatest manager football has ever known: Sir Alex Ferguson. He took charge of Manchester United in November 1986, before retiring in May 2013. The current manager is Louis van Gaal who took over the reins in the summer of 2014 following Ryan Giggs’ four-game stint in charge as caretaker manager after David Moyes’ departure towards the end of the 2013/14 season. Giggs is now van Gaal’s assistant and remains the club’s record appearance-maker. The current squad features star striker Wayne Rooney as well as British transfer record-signing Angel Di Maria.
Since being purchased by Qatar Sports Investment in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain has re-established its position as one of the top teams in the world. Founded in 1970, the club is one of the most successful in French history, having won eight French Cups and Ligue 1 four times, including back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014. Led by Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club set the Ligue 1 record for points in 2014 with 89. With the addition of star defender and 2014 FIFA World XI member David Luiz, Paris Saint-Germain will continue to further impact the global soccer landscape.
The 2015 International Champions Cup runs from July 11 – August 5 and features 17 matches played across 12 regions throughout the world. Each team plays four contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one. The results from in-season Major League Soccer contests involving tournament participants is used as part of official tournament scoring.
In total, 10 teams from across the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Chelsea F.C.), Portugal (S.L. Benfica), France (Paris Saint-Germain), Mexico (Club América), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (ACF Fiorentina) and the United States (San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The participating teams have won a total of 108 domestic league titles, 107 domestic cup titles, six CONCACAF Champions League titles and 10 UEFA Champions League titles. The teams feature nine of the 2014-2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or nominees, as well as 30 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.
In 2015, the International Champions Cup will expand into new continents, as both China and Australia will host versions of the tournament during the summer. A.C. Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid will play in the International Champions Cup China in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai that runs from July 25-29. Real Madrid, Manchester City and AS Roma are currently playing in the International Champions Cup Australia in Melbourne that spans from July 18-24, providing even more fans from around the world the opportunity to see their favorite clubs live. Further details about the 2015 International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com.