HOUSTON, Texas (Wednesday, May 7, 2003) – Thursday’s U.S. Men’s National Team match vs. Mexico in Houston’s Reliant Stadium has been officially declared a sellout. More than 65,000 fans purchased tickets and will be expected at the game, which is being presented by Budweiser.
Kickoff is at 6:55 p.m. CT, and fans that missed out on tickets can follow the match via live broadcasts on ESPN2, Telemundo and the Radio Unica network. Fans can also follow live online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The match, already slated to be the biggest in Texas soccer history, is now expected to draw the third largest crowd ever to see the U.S. Men’s National Team outside of the state of California. This will also be the fourth-largest attended U.S. vs. Mexico match in the United States.
“We’re thrilled that the soccer match has been sold out,” Texans Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Steve Patterson said. “We’re tremendously excited about the communities response for the most important international sporting event Houston has ever hosted. The sellout shows that Houston is not only a great football town, but it’s a great fútbol town. The match is a great showcase for what makes Houston such a wonderful and diverse city.”
The game, a rematch of the U.S.’s 2-0 win in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Round of 16, will be the Men’s National Team’s second ever played in Houston. It will also be only the second meeting between these two rivals in the state. In seven games since 1990, the MNT has never lost in the state of Texas.
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. For the 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.