|International soccer showcase returns to Charlotte July 22|
|Liverpool takes on Dortmund at BofA Stadium|
|Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:30 pm|
|PHOTO | TROY HULL|
|Bayern Munich and Inter Milan squared off in the International Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium in 2016. The soccer showcase returns to Charlotte July 22.|
The International Champions Cup is returning to Charlotte.
English Premier League side Liverpool kickoff their ICC campaign in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium on July 22 at 4 p.m. against Borussia Dortmund, which competes in the German Bundesliga. Dortmund opens their tournament campaign against Manchester City in Chicago on July 20.
Liverpool’s visit to Charlotte is their second. They faced A.C. Milan (Italian Seire A) in 2014. Charlotte’s first ICC match drew 69,364 fans, and generated $16.54 million in economic impact ($8.28 million in direct visitor spending) in Charlotte. ICC games were played here in 2015 and 2016, both of which saw a decrease in attendance. Chelsea (EPL) vs. Paris Saint-Germain (French Ligue 1) drew 61,224 fans, and Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) vs. Inter Milan (Seire A) brought in 53,629. While Charlotte’s second run at the ICC drew fewer fans, it provided $18.7 million in economic impact, including $9.4 million in direct visitor spending. Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority did not produce a report for the 2016 match.
Charlotte has participated in all but two ICC tournaments, the inaugural one in 2013, and last summer’s due to field renovations at Bank of America Stadium. Since 2014, the stadium has increased capacity from 75,412 to 75,525.
Twenty-two cities in North America, Europe and Asia are set to host 27 matches between 18 clubs in the sixth annual tournament, which runs July 20-August 12, five days after the World Cup final in Russia. Presale tickets become available on April 24 and May 1 for general sale.
Note: A celebration in Romare Bearden Park will take place from 11-1 p.m. on April 19. Representatives from Relevent Sports, the tournament organizer, as well as former players will be in attendance.
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