INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE THIS SUMMER
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE THIS SUMMER
Arsenal and AS Roma to play at Bank of America Stadium on July 20
Charlotte, N.C. (March 27, 2019) – Relevent Sports Group (RSG) released the 2019 International Champions Cup (ICC) schedule today at its launch event in New York City. This year’s tournament will host 12 of the best clubs in the world playing 18 matches across the United States, Europe and Asia, cementing the ICC as the premier summer international club tournament. In Charlotte, Arsenal v. AS Roma will face off at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, July 20.
This match marks the fifth time that the tournament has played at Bank of America Stadium, including matches in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
The tournament’s seventh installment includes world class and groundbreaking matchups highlighted by the historic rivalry between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid which will be played for the first time outside of Europe on July 26th, in MetLife Stadium. This year’s clubs include past winners of UEFA Champions League and all the major European leagues and Liga MX. Since its debut, this level of competition has established the ICC as a fixture on the soccer calendar and the start of the international soccer season.
“We couldn’t be more excited about today’s announcement, unveiling a tournament schedule on par with any on the world stage in a setting that is truly unique," said RSG CEO Daniel Sillman. “This year’s launch event is as much for the die-hard soccer fans as it is for those who celebrate the rich history and culture surrounding game.”
Saturday Night Live vet and star of Hall Pass and Horrible Bosses, Jason Sudeikis hosted the 3-day launch event, unlike anything in the soccer world. Held in the heart of SoHo, New York-based contemporary artist Daniel Arsham and his firm Snarkitecture designed an experiential retail pop-up using art created from historic ICC memorabilia. Arsham will also release a capsule collection of exclusive ICC merchandise on day 2 and 3 of the event.
The launch includes a built-in content studio, a series of discussions with influential voices from the soccer world, and reunions with key players from the 1994 Men’s US World Cup team and the 1999 Women’s US World Cup Championship team. Legends from each ICC club including Lothar Matthaus, Bryan Robson, Robert Pires, Daniele Massaro, and David Trezeguet attended the event.
“What began as a simple idea, is now a fixture on the soccer calendar,” said RSG Executive Chairman Charlie Stillitano. “We were contacted by dozens of clubs wanting to be part of the ICC, recognizing the value of starting their season playing top competition in front of tens of thousands of passionate fans.”
Matches are scheduled between July 16 and August 10 showcasing the world’s elite soccer clubs, including teams from Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Liga MX: Real Madrid; Manchester United; Tottenham Hotspur; Arsenal; AS Roma; Juventus; AC Milan; Inter; Atlético de Madrid; FC Bayern; Benfica; and Chivas de Guadalajara.
The tournament format is consistent with last year’s ICC. Each team will play three matches, and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will win the championship and receive the first trophy of the season. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.
The tournament will host U.S.-based matches in iconic locations in New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, Charlotte, Santa Clara, Houston, Arlington, Kansas City and Boston. Cardiff, London, Stockholm, Singapore, and Shanghai will serve as hosts for the Europe and Asia matches.
RSG is committed to building programs that benefit underserved communities and encourage more opportunities for participation in soccer. The ICC Legacy Project, announced at today’s launch, will identify charitable organizations in each match city to leave behind something that will benefit the community. Projects will vary by market based on the specific community need, and all projects will be focused on growing and developing soccer at the grassroots level.
“Our goal is to partner in meaningful ways with our host communities beyond simply playing a soccer match,” said RSG COO Aaron Ryan. “Creating more chances for youth to participate, regardless of background, is core to our mission of growing soccer in North America and Asia.”
Exclusive US presale tickets will be available starting April 2, 2019, with general on-sale ticket access starting on April 9, 2019, with the exception of Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid with presale starting on March 27, 2019 and general on-sale starting on March 29. Cardiff presale tickets will be available on March 27, 2019 and public on-sale will begin on March 29, 2019. Singapore presale tickets will be available from March 28, 2019 to April 3, 2019, with public on-sale beginning on April 4, 2019. Shanghai presale tickets will be available from March 29, 2019 to April 7, 2019, with public on-sale beginning on April 8, 2019. For access to the presale, fans can sign up on the International Champions Cup website. All venue- specific and other ticket information is located on the ICC website.
Tuesday, July 16
AS Roma vs. Chivas de Guadalajara – Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium
Wednesday, July 17
Arsenal vs. FC Bayern – Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday, July 20
Manchester United vs. Inter – Singapore, National Stadium Arsenal vs. AS Roma – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium FC Bayern vs. Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium Benfica vs. Chivas de Guadalajara – Bay Area, Levi’s® Stadium
Sunday, July 21
Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Singapore, National Stadium
Tuesday, July 23
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – Washington, D.C, FedExField FC Bayern vs. AC Milan – Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Atlético de Madrid – Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Wednesday, July 24
Juventus vs. Inter – China, Location TBD AS Roma vs. Benfica – Tri-State Area, Red Bull Arena
Thursday, July 25
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium
Friday, July 26
Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid – Tri-State Area, MetLife Stadium
Sunday, July 28
AC Milan vs. Benfica – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 3
Manchester United vs. AC Milan – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
Sunday, August 4
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Inter – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday, August 10
Atlético de Madrid vs. Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena
ABOUT RELEVENT SPORTS GROUP
Relevent Sports Group (RSG) is the premiere soccer events and media business in North America and Asia. RSG operates the International Champions Cup, the summer’s largest club tournament featuring the world’s best teams in iconic venues. Regarded as one of the most influential privately-owned soccer companies internationally, RSG is focused on expanding its footprint, creating a year-round soccer platform including new properties, the ICC Women’s and Futures tournament, Alianza de Futbol, the leading marketer and producer of Hispanic soccer programs in the U.S, and the first-of-its-kind joint venture with LaLiga to promote soccer in North America.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP
The International Champions Cup is the world’s premier annual summer soccer tournament featuring the top international clubs playing across North America, Europe and Asia. The tournament brings world-class soccer to the masses by organizing marquee matches that attract record-breaking crowds – including the largest recorded attendance for a soccer match in the United States. Founded in 2013, the tournament’s seventh installment will feature 12 of the top clubs in the world playing 18 matches in 16 cities across the globe, along with the second Women’s International Champions Cup and second International Champions Cup Futures event featuring top youth players from around the world. Champions Meet Here.
ABOUT BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
Opened in the summer of 1996, Bank of America Stadium is located in Charlotte, N.C., and is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers. In addition to Panthers games, Bank of America Stadium has been host to a number of other high-profile events including the ACC football championship game, Belk Bowl and Belk College Kickoff, as well as international soccer matches and the 2012 ‘Brothers of the Sun’ concert tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. For more information about Bank of America Stadium, including event booking, visit http://www.panthers.com/stadium.