Michigan Pushing for Attendance Record

Record crowd for friendly at Michigan Stadium.

On Saturday the University of Michigan is hosting the International Champions Cup match, which school officials hope will break previous attendance records.  

There has been some hope that the International Champions Cup between Chelsea and Real Madrid will break the previous record for single-game soccer attendance in America. That mark stands at 109,318, and was achieved at Michigan Stadium for the 2014 match between Real Madrid and Manchester.

The university is still pushing to surpass that total, though recent figures show that International Champions Cup ticket sales have some ways to go before surpassing the previous high mark. More from the Detroit Free Press:

“With the number constantly changing, we’re sticking with the 100,000 figure for now,” a U-M spokesman wrote in an e-mail about how many tickets have been sold so far. “Tickets remain available and are priced between $55-$235, depending on location.”

This morning, U-M’s online ticket-sales portal showed many sections of the stadium having only single tickets available. Others had sizable blocks of unsold seats. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said at a U-M Board of Regents meeting on April 21 that more than 90,000 tickets had been sold.

Even if Saturday’s attendance total is not record-breaking, it should still be a good atmosphere in Ann Arbor. Michigan Stadium holds close to 110,000 fans, and with similar matchups drawing big crowds across the county, the weekend should bring a high turnout.

Image courtesy University of Michigan.

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