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Rio Tinto Stadium To Host September U.S. World Cup Qualifier

Rio Tinto Stadium To Host Eagles Concert In 
May Followed By MLS All-Star Game In July
Rio Tinto Stadium will host the September 5 El Salvador-U.S. men's World Cup qualifying match, according to Michael Lewis of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. MLS Real Salt Lake (RSL) President Bill Manning: "We want to be a regular stop for the U.S. national team. Both the men's team and the women's team. We will put on a great spectacle for them." Manning added that tickets "will be offered to U.S. Soccer fan groups and RSL season-ticket holders first." Manning also "wondered whether there will be many left for the general public, considering the team sold 40,000 tickets when it played host to" the Costa Rica-U.S. World Cup qualifying match in '05 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Lewis writes when combined with the '09 MLS All-Star Game on July 29 that the team will host, the World Cup qualifying game "gives RSL an impressive schedule of marquee events for its first full season in the new stadium" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 2/11).

QUICK TICKETS: Rio Tinto Stadium has partnered with Veritix to provide its Flash Seats digital ticketing technology for several events at the venue, including '09 MLS RSL regular-season games. RSL is the first MLS team to adopt Flash Seats. The technology also will be used for a May 9 concert by The Eagles, the first-ever concert at the stadium (RSL).

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