Miami to host El Clasico fixture later this year

Rachel Hardy
March 13, 2017

The first Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid to be played on USA soil will be broadcast live on ESPN at the International Champions Cup (ICC) on July 29 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Real won that match, 1-0, on a goal by eventual Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque.

The match is part of the International Champions Cup, the annual global exhibition series which features clubs from Europe and around the world. "They don't like to lose", Stephen Ross, the ICC co-founder and Dolphins owner, said at a news conference announcing the event on Friday. Tickets, which go on sale next week, will start around $125, according to sources, and lower-bowl center seats will likely go for upwards of $500.

On December 2, the day before El Clásico, the Americans had a breakfast meeting in Madrid with Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez and other club executives to discuss the possibility of arranging a game against Barcelona in the States.

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The game will be played at the Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, with a week's build up in Miami.

Negotiations continued for several weeks, and a deal was struck.

El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are to meet at the Hard Rock Stadium in Chicago on July 29, it has been confirmed. The location makes ideal sense for a match like this.

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