In what has become prosperous, Money making traditionBarcelona and Real Madrid are bringing their famous rivalry to the United States for the second summer in a row.
They will play el clasico, As it is known, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on July 29, as part of the Football Champions Tour for the second year.
It will be a pre-season game, of course. The tour – which will also feature Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus and Milan – is not a tournament like some of its predecessors. It’s essentially an eight-game one-off, in the middle of the Women’s World Cup, described by organizers as a “summer series” that stretches across California, Las Vegas, Texas and Florida.
But the headline is the game of all games, and perhaps the world’s most prestigious sports rivalry, at the lavish all-court stadium, Jerry World, home of the 105,000-seat Dallas Cowboys. It aspires to host the 2026 World Cup Final.
El Clasico comes to the United States
When Barcelona and Madrid first brought the bloody feud to the United States in 2017, some purists derided the concept. But the exhibition match, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, was a huge success. the Miami Clasico It drew 1.7 million viewers on ESPN platforms and a sell-out crowd willing to shell out several hundred dollars for tickets. Players compete honestly. Barcelona’s 3-2 victory impressed everyone.
It felt, at the time, like a watershed moment for International Champions Cup, a pre-season event that has grown to 18 teams and 27 games spread across nine countries late in the past decade. In early 2020, the organizers in the negotiations to open SoFi Stadium in Southern California with a second Clasico in the US that summer.
But then came COVID-19. The ICC canceled its 2020 programs, faltered during the pandemic, and I moved into a legal dispute Between its parent company, Relevent Sports, and its mastermind, legendary football promoter Charlie Stiltano. The men’s ICC has not been played since.
Relevent still runs a International Criminal Court for Women And other projects. This summer, it’s working with the English Premier League And La Liga on two separate North American tours. But in 2022, the Football Champions Tour swooped down on Barcelona and Madrid, staging a Clasico at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (Barcelona won, 1-0, in front of a rowdy crowd, loser).
In its second year, the Football Champions Tour expanded to include two teams from Spain, England and Italy. Sixth Street, a global investment firm Participated with both Barcelona and Real Madrid, is the company behind it. It is produced by AEG. legends He is a major partner. And according to a source familiar with the development of the tour, Stiltano has been involved as an advisor.
Pre-season tour schedules
The Football Champions Tour announced its full 2023 date on Friday:
Saturday July 22: Barcelona x Juventus – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Sunday, July 23: Real Madrid vs. AC Milan – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif
Wednesday, July 26: Arsenal vs Barcelona – Sophie Stadium, Englewood, California
Wednesday 26th July: Real Madrid vs Manchester United – NRG Stadium, Houston
Thursday, July 27: Juventus vs. Milan – Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif
Saturday, July 29: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Tuesday, August 1: Milan – Barcelona – Elegant Stadium, Las Vegas
Wednesday, August 2: Juventus vs Real Madrid – Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Departure times have not yet been determined. In a press release on Friday, the organizers said that “matches remain subject to approval by the relevant football authorities”, but that would likely be a formality.
Separately, Arsenal and Manchester United staged a pre-season friendly match at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on July 22. United too Wrexham are due to play July 25 in San Diego – Presumably with a reserve team, because a day later, Real Madrid are now scheduled to play in Houston. after that Borussia Dortmund play July 30 in Vegas.
Arsenal too Play MLS All-Stars On July 19 in Washington, D.C
the Premier League Summer Series It will feature Chelsea, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Fulham, Brighton and Brentford, with matches in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, New Jersey and Maryland.