Today it was announced that Yankee Stadium will continue its tradition of hosting the best teams in world soccer with two matches this summer. On May 25, reigning European club champions Chelsea FC will face current English Premier League champions Manchester City FC; and on June 11, reigning World Cup and European champions Spain will play Ireland.
Kickoff time for the May 25 match between English Premier League teams Chelsea FC and Manchester City FC is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Chelsea is the reigning champion of Europe, having won their first Champions League title last May by defeating Bayern Munich on penalty kicks. Since its founding in 1905, the London-based team has won four domestic league titles (1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10) and seven FA Cups (1970, '97, 2000, '07, '09, '10, '12). Manchester City clinched the 2011-12 EPL title in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season with two goals in extra-time. The club has won three domestic league titles (also 1936-37 and '67-68), five FA cups (1904, '34, '56, '69, 2011) and one European Cup Winners' Cup (1970) since its founding in 1894.
Kickoff time for the June 11 friendly match between Spain and Ireland is 8:00 p.m. Spain is ranked number 1 in the world by FIFA, having won the most recent World Cup in 2010 and each of the last two European Championships in 2008 and 2012. Ireland, led by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, participated in Euro 2012 and narrowly missed qualification for the 2010 World Cup.
Tickets for both exhibition matches will go on sale to the general public as a bundle package including both games beginning on Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. at www.yankees.com/soccer. For updates and further details, including suite opportunities, please visit www.yankees.com/soccer or follow @yankeesevents on Twitter.
Yankees full- and partial-season ticket licensees, Yankees Universe members, Yankees Group Leaders and Yankees.com subscribers will have the opportunity to take part in a special ticket pre-on-sale on Tuesday, April 9. To become a Yankees.com subscriber and have access to pre-on-sale availability, please visit www.yankees.com/subscribe.
The contests will mark the third and fourth soccer matches at the current Yankee Stadium. The first took place on July 22, 2012, with Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain playing to a 1-1 draw in front of 38,202 fans. On August 8, 2012, Real Madrid defeated A.C. Milan, 5-1, before a sellout crowd of 49,474 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals.
The current Yankee Stadium carries on the great soccer tradition of the original Yankee Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica and Sparta Prague, along with the national teams of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called Yankee Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.