The 2012 World Football Challenge between Spain’s La Liga Champion Real Madrid and Italy’s Serie A Champion Juventus FC will face-off on Sunday, August 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas was announced today. MGM Resorts International is the title sponsor with Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino acting as the host hotel for the event.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this world-class event to the Las Vegas market,” said Justice Entertainment Group (JEG( President and COO Daren Libonati. “This is going to be an exciting event for Las Vegas. Soccer is the world’s sport and Las Vegas is the world’s playground.
As the President and COO of Justice Entertainment Group we couldn’t be more pleased to enter the world of soccer with this match up. This event will allow Las Vegas to see football at its highest level and embrace the world’s fanfare in our great city.”
“Las Vegas has been pursuing a soccer game of this magnitude for more than 25 years,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Justice Entertainment Group for putting together a match of this caliber. We look forward to continuing this partnership and developing international soccer in Las Vegas.”
Real Madrid, one of the most decorated teams in the history of soccer, clinched the La Liga title last week, the latest accolade in the club’s storied history, which includes a record nine UEFA Champions League trophies. In 2000, the team was voted the most successful club of the 20th century by FIFA, the international governing body of soccer.
Winners of 53 official titles, Juventus FC is the oldest and most successful club in Italy, as well as one of the most prestigious clubs in the sport. The club, nicknamed “Juve,” has claimed nine Italian Cups, four Italian super cups, nine European cups, two intercontinental cups, and it just secured its 28th Serie A league title, further solidifying themselves as one of the world’s premiere teams.
“Our Company, JEG, has been working on this for two full years, I couldn’t be happier to see it all come together for our team and the city,” said JEG Chairman and CEO Susan Joseph. “We anticipate tickets to move quickly as we have one of the smaller, more intimate venues, and two of the greatest teams on the tour,” said JEG’s Executive Vice President Jason Finfrock.
One of the largest and most successful soccer exhibitions ever staged in North America, the World Football Challenge brings together many of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated soccer clubs to play in major sports venues across the region. The event gives soccer fans the unique opportunity to see global superstars play live and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world.
Now in its third year, the World Football Challenge is hosted in partnership by CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, and Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the U.S. and Canada. More than half a million fans attended the event last year and sports fans across North America will once again enjoy a summer of top international matches in 2012.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. at UNLVtickets.com or by calling toll free 855.2LV.KICK/ 855.258.5425 (out of state) or 702.739.3267 (local). Ticket prices are $68, $88, $128, $178 & $253. Additional fees may apply.
Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.