CHICAGO (Monday, May 5, 2003) — Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team's 2002 World Cup rematch against Mexico on May 8 at Reliant Stadium in Houston are becoming a scarce commodity, with over 60,000 tickets sold and just nine days remaining before the first international soccer event at Reliant Stadium. All of the tickets in the $150, $75, and $60 range sold out just five days after going on public sale, and the $50 category is now sold out as well.
Tickets for the biggest soccer game in Houston history, which is being presented by Budweiser, are still available in the $27-$45 range and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Texas (including Fiesta, Foley’s and Wherehouse Music), by phone at 713-629-3700 and on-line at ussoccer.com. Groups of 30 or more can order tickets by calling toll free at 877-635-2002. Tickets are also available at the Reliant Stadium ticket office.
For the many new fans expected to visit Reliant Stadium for the first time, the following is a list of items that are not permitted in the stadium: coolers, strollers, umbrellas, seat cushions, backpacks, fanny packs, large purses, large bags, camera cases, binocular cases, bottles, cans, alcohol, thermoses, weapons, chairs, frisbees, poles/sticks, video recorders, and horns. Because of the large number of advance purchase tickets, fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium early to avoid traffic and long lines at the will call windows.
The match at newly christened Reliant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans, marks the second appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team in Houston, and is the first in a planned series of games being brought to the area by Houston Texans Entertainment.
Kickoff for the match, which is being staged in conjunction with Major League Soccer and Houston Texans Entertainment, is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Telemundo and the Radio Unica network. Fans can also follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Nine players from the team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup will lineup in Houston, including six players that were on the field for the historic 2-0 victory against Mexico in the Round of 16 last June. Leading the World Cup alumni is the strike partnership of Brian McBride and Landon Donovan, the duo netting both goals as the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in 72 years.
The United States and Mexico have distinguished themselves as the class of the region in the past decade, with each team qualifying for the last three World Cups. The United States has dominated the series of late, winning five of the last six meetings, with all of the victories coming by shutout. Mexico leads the lifetime series with a record of 28-10-9 dating all the way back to 1934.
The competition between the two nations reached its pinnacle in the summer of 2002 when the teams met for the first time as World Cup opponents in the Round of 16 in Jeonju, Korea. A picture-perfect goal by Brian McBride in the 8th minute helped produce 2-0 victory and a place in the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 72 years.