Unprecedented Demand for Tickets was More Than Twice Seating Capacity; Largest Organized Supporters Section in U.S. Soccer History Will be on Hand
CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing in front of a capacity crowd when it faces Mexico on Sept. 10 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The demand for tickets for the match was unprecedented in U.S. Soccer history, with more than twice as many requests than could be accommodated. The seating capacity for Columbus Crew Stadium is slightly more than 24,000.
Individuals that applied through the lottery phase will be informed today via email whether they were selected or not to purchase tickets.
The sell-out crowd will be energized by the presence of the largest organized supporters section in U.S. Soccer history. More than 9,000 members will occupy 27 sections, which is more than three times larger than any group of organized supporters for a previous match.
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“It’s absolutely huge that the stadium is sold out for USA-Mexico,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “The atmosphere for our game against Jamaica last year was one of the best I have ever seen, and we really need that support when we play our biggest rival. To have more than 9,000 organized supporters there is awesome. We have been working hard for two years to build a great relationship with the fans, and it’s only getting bigger.”
The match kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on ESPN Deportes Radio, online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
For those in the Columbus area, U.S. Soccer’s Headquarters will be at Easton Town Center starting on Friday, Sept. 6. The night before the match on Monday, Sept. 9, U.S. Soccer will host a Pep Rally with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and select players at The Bluestone. More details will be announced on ussoccer.com.
With four games remaining in World Cup Qualifying, the USA leads the Hexagonal with a 4-1-1 record and 13 points, followed by Costa Rica (3-1-2, 11 points) and Mexico (1-0-5, 8 points). The top three CONCACAF teams automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the fourth-place team will face New Zealand in a playoff to determine the final spot.
The USA recently won its fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup crown after defeating Panama 1-0 on July 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The U.S. also extended its record winning streak to 11 games and improved to 12-2-2 on the year.
The next match for the U.S. is a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Sarajevo. Kickoff at Asim FerhatoviÄ‡ Hase Stadium is set for 8:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. will then face Costa Rica in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6 at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.