The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

February 20, 2014

Liverpool FC, AC Milan will battle it out at Bank of America Stadium


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Thursday, February 20, 2014 —  Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, on Thursday announced that European giants Liverpool FC and AC Milan will face off at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2 as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff for the Group B contest, which will be broadcast internationally on Fox Sports 2 is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.



The match-up is the result of a partnership by the City of Charlotte, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) and Relevent Sports to bring a premier international soccer game to the city. The collaboration provides Charlotte with a highly sought after event that will create significant economic impact from overnight visitors and generate valuable tax revenue for the city.



“Hosting a match of this caliber, that will be televised internationally, is yet another way to showcase Charlotte to the world,” said Mayor Patrick Cannon. “Sports tourism is a proven economic driver and an ongoing priority for the Queen City. With a region full of soccer fans, this is a game people will travel for and we look forward to hosting them.”



The game will utilize one of the five annual free dates granted to the CRVA for the next six years following funding negotiations that helped make Bank of America Stadium’s $112.5 million renovations possible. The dates are to be used for major events that can generate sizable economic impact for the community.



“It is rare that two top teams meet so early in the season and we couldn’t be more pleased to bring these top squads to the youth soccer hotbed of Charlotte,” said Relevent Sports Chief Executive Officer Charlie Stillitano. “Liverpool and AC Milan are two of the most accomplished teams in the world and a must-see for fans in the Queen City.”



Exclusive presale tickets for the Liverpool FC v. AC Milan contest will be available beginning today, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. ET while general public will have access to tickets beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and in person at the Bank of America Stadium Box Office. Additionally, this year fans will have the opportunity to purchase an Ultimate Fan Pack which includes one supporters section ticket, team gear and priority access to select team training. Also available are VIP Team Travel Packs that allow fans to experience the games alongside their favorite teams, providing VIP tickets, charter travel and world-class accommodations to all of their teams’ Guinness International Champions Cup games. All tickets and packages are available at internationalchampionscup.com.   



The Guinness International Champions Cup is a unique tournament featuring eight of the world’s best and most recognizable soccer clubs: Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos. Twelve round robin contests will be hosted across North America with matches in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Dallas and one additional city from July 24-Aug. 2.  The tournament will crown an overall champion Monday, Aug. 4 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. For more information on the full Guinness International Champions Cup, including the tournament bracket and team information, visit internationalchampionscup.com.



“We’re incredibly proud and excited to host AC Milan and Liverpool in Charlotte,” says CRVA CEO Tom Murray. “It’s an event that not only energizes the city’s thriving soccer community, but it also becomes a considerable draw that will bring visitors to our city who will dine in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and experience the vibrancy that Charlotte has to offer.”



Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields. Their  five championships are tied for third, only behind Real Madrid (9) and AC Milan (7), both of whom are also participating in the Guinness International Champions Cup. Liverpool FC has one of the best records in all of European football and has the most top-flight wins than any other English team. For more information on the Reds, visit liverpoolfc.com.

 

“We are pleased to announce Charlotte as one of the destinations for our 2014 preseason tour. Charlotte is a wonderful city, similar to Liverpool in many ways; historically famous for being a distribution hub servicing the country. We are delighted that the Mayor's office, Relevent and the Carolina Panthers have come together to give football a platform in this state” commented Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer at Liverpool FC.



One of the world’s most popular and storied clubs, A.C. Milan has won 18 Serie A titles, seven UEFA Champions League titles and four world club titles.  The club’s mark of 18 international trophies is tied for the most by any club in the world.  Furthemore, the “Rossoneri” currently boasts some of the game’s top talent in players like Mario Balotelli, Kaka and recently-signed Japanese star Keisuke Honda.   



Further details about the Guinness International Champions Cup can be found at internationalchampionscup.com. Teams required to qualify for 2014-15 international competition based on 2013-14 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change.