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Over 305,000 Soccer Fans Attend 2013 International Champions Cup

international champions cup final miami 600x448 Over 305,000 Soccer Fans Attend 2013 International Champions Cup

Over the past 10 days, the hottest tickets in town across the United States have been the International Champions Cup featuring eight world-class teams including Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, Valencia, Inter Milan, Everton and LA Galaxy.

In total, 306,344 people attended the games, with 289,344 watching the games in person on US soil. Plus, on top of that, there was the US and global TV viewing audience who tuned in to watch the tournament.

The 2013 International Champions Cup games in the United States were played across the country at stadiums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Indianapolis and Miami. Plus one match was played at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium to kick off the tournament.

Not surprisingly, the largest attendance of the tournament was on the final day of matches in Miami, which saw a crowd of 67,273 watch Real Madrid against Chelsea as well as AC Milan versus LA Galaxy.

The near sell-out crowd at Sun Life Stadium showed Miami’s passion and hunger for the world’s game. The track record of huge crowds at Sun Life Stadium continues after previous impressive attendances that include:

* 57,748 who watched the Chelsea-AC Milan friendly during the summer of 2012 (largest attendance of the World Football Challenge)

* 70,080 who watched Barcelona-Chivas Guadalajara in 2011

* 51,615 who turned out for the friendly between Colombia and Mexico in 2012, and

* 48,327 attendance for the 2012 World Soccer Masters game.

Judging by the success of the tournament, don’t be surprised if you’ll see the International Champions Cup coming back to the United States every summer, bringing the world’s best clubs to play on US soil.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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