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Real Madrid and Inter Milan to Play in Berkeley, California On July 26

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Real Madrid and Inter Milan will face off in the International Champions Cup at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on the University of California, Berkeley campus on Saturday, July 26.  The match, set to be broadcast in more than 150 countries internationally and on Fox Sports 2 in the US, will kick off at 3 pm PT.

Home to one of the premier public universities in the nation, Berkeley is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, about 10 miles from the city of San Francisco.  This will mark the first-ever soccer game at the California Memorial Stadium, which was renovated just two years ago and has a capacity of 65,000.  The match between Spanish and Italian giants was originally scheduled for University of Phoenix Stadium, in Phoenix, Arizona, but was moved “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Exclusive presale tickets for the Real Madrid v. Inter Milan match will be available Monday, May 12, at 9 am PDT for pre-qualified fans, while the general public will have access to tickets beginning Friday, May 16, at 9 am PDT through the Cal Athletic Ticket Office by clicking here. Tickets for this game will start at $45. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase an Ultimate Fan Pack, which includes one supporter’s 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, including Real Madrid and Inter Milan, 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 www.internationalchampionscup.com.

“It’s a unique opportunity to bring two of the world’s biggest soccer clubs to the world’s leading public university,” said Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance John Wilton. “As part of the agreement, 25 percent of the soccer match guarantee will be dedicated to academic scholarship support. The match will also give us a chance to share a beautiful part of our campus with soccer fans across Northern California and will have a positive economic impact on the city of Berkeley.”

“The Bay Area has long been a soccer hotbed and we are thrilled to bring the first professional soccer game to Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium at University of California, Berkeley,” said Relevent Sports Chief Executive Officer Charlie Stillitano. “Real Madrid and Inter Milan are two of the most famous clubs in the world and always draw huge crowds; we are confident this will be no different when they kick off their 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup on Kabam Field.”

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, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Dallas and Ann Arbor from July 24-August 2. The tournament will crown an overall champion on Monday, August 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 www.internationalchampionscup.com.

Both Real Madrid and Inter Milan return to the International Champions Cup, having competed in the inaugural tournament last year. Real won the tournament last year, beating Chelsea 3-1 in the final behind two goals from reigning Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Will you be coming out to the Bay Area to watch these giants in action? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

About Jameson Lam

Jameson is a Managing Editor Intern for World Soccer Talk. He played soccer for 10 years while growing up and supports Arsenal and the United States National Team. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area necessitates him to be insane enough to get up as early as 4:45 on Saturday morning to watch the Gunners play on TV. His full time job is in public health research, though he manages to squeeze in his fill of soccer news and matches.
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8 Responses to Real Madrid and Inter Milan to Play in Berkeley, California On July 26

  1. Aram Gyan says:

    Fascinating that Cal would allow this match to take place at Memorial Stadium but have consistently blocked efforts by the Raiders to play there.
    While it should be a gorgeous backdrop, $45 is a steep price for a top-row seat in a massive stadium for a friendly.

    • Jameson Lam says:

      I’m guessing they’re allowing this because it’s such a high profile one-off event. And they’re sure to get a huge payout as well.

  2. Jacarri says:

    Parking will be horribly. To choose a stadium with no parking lot is pure genius. Guess the 5 other stadiums we have in the bay area were taken.

  3. mahluf says:

    Fox Sports 2. Awesome, no one will be able to see it!

  4. R.O says:

    Funny, we’ll have 3 top int’l teams in the Bay Area 2 days in a row. One Champions league winner and possible the La Liga champion.

    On July 27 at Candlestick park, Atletico Madrid with play the San Jose Earthquakes.

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