Ticket Sales Pass 30,000 Mark for U.S. Qualifier against Honduras in Chicago
CHICAGO (April 22, 2009) — Ticket sales for the first FIFA World Cup qualifier ever hosted by the City of Chicago have hit the 30,000 mark. Nearly half of those expected to attend will travel more than 250 miles to witness the June 6 match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Honduras at Soldier Field.
The match – just the fourth Saturday night qualifier hosted by the U.S. this decade – kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Almost half – 49.5 percent – of the tickets sold to date have been purchased by fans living more than 250 miles away from Chicago. The ticket buyers for all sales represent four countries, 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The only states currently not represented are Alaska, Maine, North Dakota and Vermont. More than one-third of the fans – 35.2 percent – hail from the Chicagoland area.
Advance tickets are on sale now through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott, Hot Tix, FYE and Ritmo Latino stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Tickets for the event are not sold at Soldier Field except on the day of the event, when prices will increase by $5 to $10 per ticket.
Several seating areas have sold out, including the entire 100 level and the 200 level club and sideline seats. All of the regular sideline seats on the 300 level have also sold out, although there are still tickets available in the 300-level club seats.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 3-3-2 in the stadium by Lake Michigan, including a 2-1 victory against Mexico in the final of the 2007 Gold Cup before a sold-out crowd of 60,000 fans. Overall, five of the eight matches at Soldier Field have drawn more than 40,000 supporters.
The match will be the first of three meetings between the U.S. and Honduras this year, followed by a group match at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the away qualifier later this year. The teams’ last meetings in the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying were in 2001, with the U.S. pulling off a 2-1 a win in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on the strength of goals by Clint Mathis and Earnie Stewart. Then on Sept. 1, 2001, in Washington, D.C., a quick goal by Stewart looked promising for the U.S., but Honduras stormed back to a 3-2 win to hand the U.S. their last home loss in World Cup qualifying to date.