M&T Bank Stadium to Host Premier League Soccer Match July 28
30 Mar, 2012By: Sports Destination Management Team
Tottenham Hotspur to play Liverpool this summer in Baltimore
Baltimore, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens, Maryland Stadium Authority and Maryland Office of Sports Marketing today announced Tottenham Hotspur Football Club will play Liverpool Football Club in an all-Premier League soccer match on Saturday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. EST at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The match-up features two of the most popular teams in the Barclays Premier League, widely regarded as the most competitive and elite soccer league in the world.
"We are thrilled to bring the world's best soccer back to Baltimore," said Baltimore Ravens' President Dick Cass. "This match features two of the most successful and popular teams in the Premier League and two teams who have not played in the region previously. I want to thank our partners at the Maryland Stadium Authority for all of their help making this a reality, and I want to send a special thanks to our neighbors, the Baltimore Orioles, for allowing the match to take place just hours before one of their home games. Their willingness to work with us is greatly appreciated. This match is another fantastic special event that we are bringing to our city and as these events continue to succeed we will continue to bring them to the fans of Baltimore."
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was enthusiastic with the news. "We've learned from hosting previous international matches here in Maryland that the regional fan base is fervent and diverse," the Governor said. "Fans of all ages are excited with the opportunity to see some of the best soccer in the world played where they can enjoy it firsthand. The energy they bring to the stadium - particularly the youngsters - is electric, and I look forward to welcoming the match to Maryland."
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is based in Tottenham, London, and play in the Barclays Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur has won two League Championships, eight Football Association Cups, four League Cups and three European trophies. In March 2011, Under Armour announced a multi-year apparel agreement with Tottenham Hotspur, making the London club the first Barclays Premier League soccer team to sign with the global leader in sports performance apparel.
On announcing the fixture, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy said, "Following last week's announcement that we'll be heading back to the U.S. for the second time in three years, as part of our pre-season training, we are delighted to have the opportunity to play in Baltimore, Maryland. With matches already confirmed against LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls, this third fixture is a great opportunity for two of the biggest names in English football to showcase the strength of the Premier League to a North American audience - something we know will appeal to our many fans that live across the USA."
Liverpool Football Club, commonly referred to as the "Reds," also compete in the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool has won eighteen League titles, the second most in English football, as well as seven Football Association Challenge Cupsand a record eight Football League Cups. Liverpool has won more European titles than any other English club, with five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three European Super Cups.
"It's been a few years since we last travelled to North America to play, but everyone is very excited about our plans for this summer," said Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC Managing Director. "The M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is an amazing stadium and holds 71,000 fans. The prospect of playing a big game between two great Premier League clubs on American soil is one that I'm sure will excite lots of our fans because nothing beats watching the team live."
"The Maryland Stadium Authority is delighted that our partners, the Ravens, are once again bringing an international sports event to our complex," said Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman John Morton III. "We are committed to making our world class facilities available for more Marylanders and visitors to enjoy."
Tickets for the July 28 match will go on sale Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tickets may be purchased via the following methods:
• Online: ticketmaster.com or baltimoreravens.com/tickets
• Phone charge:
Baltimore: 410-547-SEAT (7328)
Washington DC: 202-397-SEAT (7328)
Northern Virginia: 703-573-SEAT (7328)
Out of State: 1-800-551-SEAT 1-800-551-SEAT (7328)
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
• Outlets: visit ticketmaster.com for a list of outlets and times
• Box Office: M&T Bank Stadium ticket office (9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday)
• Group Tickets (20 or more): (410) 261-RAVE (7283)
• Hospitality Tents: 410-261-RAVE (7283)
• Ticket information: 410-261-RAVE (7283) or baltimoreravens.com/tickets
For more information on ticket sales, please call 410-261-RAVE (7283) or visit baltimoreravens.com/tickets.
"Today's announcement about the match to be played at M&T Bank Stadium this summer reinforces the growing profile Maryland sports enjoys on the national and international stage," stated Terry Hasseltine, director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing. "We appreciate the hard work and commitment of all our partners who brought this event to fruition. We look forward to welcoming the fans, friends, management and teams of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to Baltimore, Maryland."