The Bay Area leg of the International Champions Cup North America wrapped up with a marquee match-up between FC Barcelona andManchester United FC in front of a sold-out crowd of 68,416 at Levi’s Stadium. This followed San Jose Earthquakes hosting Club América and Manchester United at tow sold-out Avaya Stadium matches.
High ticket prices and production hiccups have caused us to critical of past ICC efforts. Previous years’ matches at AT&T struggled to fill that venue. But there is no denying a big local demand for these types of events, and from where we sat, Relevant Sports (ICC organizers) had their best tournament yet.
Ultimately it’s the fans that decide the success of these exhibitions, but the ones we talked to were thrilled at the opportunity to see some of the world’s biggest clubs up close and personal and cheer their favorite players on. We heard the phrase “once in a lifetime opportunity” every where we went.
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Our photographers, Thomas Wechsler and Nap Badillo caught many of the elated fans in the act.