April 4, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures announced today that top international clubs Real Madrid CF and Manchester United will face off at University of Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 2, as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff for the contest, which will be broadcast internationally on FOX, is set for 4 p.m. EDT.
"We are excited about the opportunity to host two of soccer's premier clubs at Michigan Stadium," said Dave Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "This is a rare chance for the Ann Arbor community and thousands of soccer fans in and around the southeast Michigan area to watch elite level professional soccer. This event will have a positive economic impact on the city of Ann Arbor and the state of Michigan and will continue to extend the Michigan brand internationally."
Exclusive presale tickets for the Manchester United vs. Real Madrid Match Presented by Chevrolet will be available Monday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. EDT while the general public will have access to tickets beginning Thursday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. EDT through the Michigan Athletic Ticket Office and online at MGoBlue.com/tickets. Tickets for this game will start as low as $45. 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 Ann Arbor from July 24-August 2. The tournament will crown an overall champion 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 InternationalChampionsCup.com.
"The Big House represents the best in American sports and Manchester United and Real Madrid are the most famous teams in the world," said Relevent Sports chief executive officer Charlie Stillitano. "Whether you are one of the hundred thousand fans packing University of Michigan Stadium or viewing nationally on FOX, we know the atmosphere will be unlike anything fans have ever seen."
The world's most decorated club, Real Madrid has won a record 32 La Liga and a record nine European Championships/UEFA Champions League titles. The club was named FIFA Club of the 20th Century and received the FIFA Order of Merit in 2004. Madrid fans consistently pack the 80,000-plus Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947.
Founded in 1902, Los Blancos currently field a roster featuring the reigning Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) as well as Gareth Bale (Wales) and Spanish talent Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso. Led by former Roma and AC Milan midfielder and first year manager Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid returns to the Guinness International Champions Cup after winning the inaugural tournament, beating Chelsea 3-1 on the strength of two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. For more information on Real Madrid, visit RealMadrid.com.
One of the most popular and storied sports franchises in the world, Manchester is the most successful English club having won a total of 20 league titles, 11 F.A. Cups and three UEFA Champions League trophies. The club is incredibly successful off the field having become the first sports franchise to be valued at over three billion dollars according to Forbes Magazine. For more information on Manchester, visit ManUtd.com.
United is coached by new manager David Moyes, features star strikers Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney as well as Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea and club legend Ryan Giggs.
"This match promises to be an exciting event for players and fans alike. Tour matches of this nature provide great preparation for the team as we look forward to the 2014/15 season," said Manchester United Group managing director, Richard Arnold. "This will be the team's first ever match in Michigan and playing at the iconic Big House will be a memorable experience for all involved. United has over eight million followers in the US and I look forward to welcoming many of these fans to this historic fixture."
Chevrolet -- the Official Vehicle of the Guinness International Champions Cup -- kicks off its seven-year shirt sponsorship with Manchester United this summer. The club will wear its Chevrolet-branded shirt during this match and all other contests during the Guinness International Champions Cup. Additionally Aon joins Chevrolet as a sponsor of the Guinness International Champions Cup, continuing their ongoing relationship with Manchester United.
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.
About Relevent Sports
Relevent Sports brings the excitement and intensity of international soccer to the United States by showcasing the best clubs in the world through premier tournaments and events. Going beyond the game, Relevent provides an innovative approach to building international soccer presence by utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives for the soccer organizations.
About RSE Ventures
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures operates in four interrelated verticals: Sports, Entertainment, Digital, and New Ventures. The company's growing roster of companies, venues and events includes the NFL's Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Relevent Sports and Insignia Sports & Entertainment
About Events at Michigan Stadium
The University of Michigan Athletic Department and Michigan Stadium have become known for creating some of the sporting industry's biggest events. From the record crowds at Michigan's first two night football games against Notre Dame to the school's Guinness Book of World Records crowd at the Big Chill at the Big House hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State, U-M Athletics strives to be leaders and best in entertaining fans. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs was played on New Year's Day, making it the largest crowd to witness an NHL hockey game. The Michigan football team has played 251 consecutive home games in front of crowds in excess of 100,000, dating back to 1975. Michigan Athletics continues the tradition of being the Leaders and Best with this summer's Guinness International Champions Cup game between Real Madrid and Manchester United, two of the premiere brands in professional soccer.