ICC has announced the date and location of the Real Madrid/Chelsea match. It will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prepare to pay $200 for tickets only to have to stand and not see shit for 90 straight minutes with 108,999 other soccer fans. (No, I’m not bitter at all).
It’s no secret that I had an absolutely miserable time in Michigan when Real Madrid played Manchester United. I had splashed out for really pricey seats in something like the 13th row but unfortunately had knee surgery a few weeks before the match. So I was walking with a cane and couldn’t stand. Everyone around us insisted on standing for the whole match (because that’s what they do at University of Michigan American football games – need I point out that this was not such an occasion)? And that meant people who were short had to stand on their seats and well, you can imagine how fun it was. Then fans got belligerent when asked to sit down so others could see. It was a gigantic clusterfuck. I had flown in from NY, rented a car, got a hotel, etc. all to look at the arses of drunk United fans who hurled verbal abuse at everyone around them. And lest you think our fans were angels, they were not. Dickheads everywhere. I did meet some very lovely people but the overall vibe was not good. I felt especially bad for the family with the 3 kids behind us who were crying because they couldn’t see the match at all. They must have shelled out well over $1000 to go to that match. I was crying too, in anger, thinking of my bank balance. Finally, I spoke to the ushers and I was whisked to the top of the stadium and given a seat where I could see perfectly and was located next to a Guinness stand with no line. It wasn’t the 13th row, but at least I could see the damn match. I loved the University of Michigan staff. They even gave me a golf cart ride back to my car so I didn’t have to walk. But the whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. And poor mygypsyspirit and Mandi had to deal with my foul mood and bitching to boot. So yeah, probably only going to go to Real Madrid/Bayern Munich match this time.
Here’s the full schedule of the team’s ICC appearances, complete with times:
Wednesday, July 27 – 7:30 PM – Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH vs. PSG
Saturday, July 30 – 3:00 PM – Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI vs. Chelsea
Wednesday, August 3rd – – 7:30 PM – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ vs. Bayern Munich
Ticket pre-sale starts Tuesday, March 29 and to the general public on Tuesday, April 5th. Visit ICC for more information.
– Grumpily reminiscing Lozil