Soccer Exhibitions Continue To Draw Big U.S. Crowds This Summer
Int'l soccer exhibitions continue to draw impressive crowds throughout the U.S., with 34,347 fans on hand for yesterday's Manchester City-AC Milan match at Heinz Field. That marked a "Pittsburgh record for soccer," and it was "nearly 10,000 higher than the previous best," set during a Chelsea-AS Roma match in '04. Paid attendance was "higher, but some fans might have been turned away by the threat of severe storms" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 7/28). Most fans "stayed for the second half" despite a "25-minute weather delay at halftime" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/28).
Yesterday's Atletico Madrid-Earthquakes match at Candlestick Park drew a crowd of 15,556 "a day after almost 63,000 soccer fans filled Cal's Memorial Stadium to see Real Madrid play Inter Milan." The Earthquakes "started the week by closing Candlestick and will end it Saturday by opening Levi's Stadium" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/28).
A "pro-Liverpool crowd" of 36,170 watched the EPL club play Olympiacos yesterday at Soldier Field as part of the eight-team Guinness Int'l Champions Cup (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/28).