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.  

But we want to hear from you! Take our poll, and if you have other thoughts about the International Champions Cup matches, let us know in the Comments section.

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Our photographers, Thomas Wechsler and Nap Badillo caught many of the elated fans in the act.

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  • Lori Sharkey says:

    We enjoyed both the Man U v. Quakes and Barcelona games. I felt the pricing at Levi’s Stadium was on the high side, and found out that depending on demand, the price went up and down. We had to split our group due to not being able to get 6 seats together and our 3 seats 2 rows behind goal were CHEAPER than the 3 seats, row 25, in a corner on the opposite side of the pitch! Avaya stadium pricing was much better, I saved $100 in total due to the change in venue from Berkeley. Would definitely go to the games again if Man U is in town. Especially if they play at Avaya, where the proximity and availability of the players and former players was much better.

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