Manchester City, Olympiakos to play August 2 at The Bank

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 12:30 PM
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Manchester City, which won the Premier League in 2011-12, will play in Minneapolis on Aug. 2.

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An International Champions Cup soccer match, featuring two of the premier teams in the world, is coming to TCF Bank Stadium this summer.

Manchester City from England’s Premier League and Olympiakos from Superleague Greece will play on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m..

The six other teams in the tournament are Real Madrid from Spain’s La Liga; Liverpool and Manchester United from England’s Premier League; and AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma from Italy’s Serie A. The International Champions Cup runs from July 26 to Aug. 4, concluding with the finals in Miami.

News of a match coming here started to leak out earlier this month, when Manchester City’s website listed Minneapolis as one of the confirmed host cities. But representatives from the Twins (Target Field), the University of Minnesota (TCF Bank Stadium) and the National Sports Center — the only local stadiums that could conceivably play host — either downplayed or denied at the time that the match was coming.

The match could be on the TCF Bank Stadium turf or event organizers could put in temporary natural grass — similar to what Seattle did in 2013 when it played host to a World Cup qualifier. That detail and others should start to emerge Thursday.

Ticket sales to the public will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster and the TCF Bank Stadium box office. Information about an assortment of ticket packages is available here.

 

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