ANN ARBOR, Mich. — FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli will face off in the inaugural LaLiga-Serie A Cup that includes a Saturday, Aug. 10, match at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus. The start time is set for 5 p.m.
The annual cup will be a home and away series featuring teams from each of the leagues. The other 2019 match will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
“LaLiga has recognized the importance of international expansion, especially in the United States, which is why we have dedicated significant resources through our joint venture with Relevent Sports Group,” said LaLiga president Javier Tebas. “The creation of the LaLiga-Serie A Cup is in line with our mission to create more opportunities for U.S. fans to celebrate LaLiga, and we look forward to this new annual tradition to bring our clubs to America each summer.”
“This Cup is the start of something incredibly special for both leagues to compete in front of thousands of fans in the biggest media market in the world,” said Serie A CEO Luigi De Siervo. “We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity and are proud to have SSC Napoli playing Barcelona in the first edition of this prestigious matchup.”
FC Barcelona will be traveling to the United States after playing the Gamper Trophy in Barcelona, where it will be unveiling the 2019 first team to tens of thousands of fans at Camp Nou Stadium. Both clubs have confirmed that they will debut their first teams internationally in the LaLiga-Serie A Cup.
Michigan Stadium holds the record for the largest U.S. crowd in soccer history (109,318 fans, Manchester United vs. Real Madrid, Aug. 3, 2014). The “Big House” also hosted International Champions Cup games in 2016 (Real Madrid vs. Chelsea, July 30) and 2018 (Manchester United vs. Liverpool FC, July 28).
Tickets for the match at Michigan Stadium start at $45 and will be available for pre-sale on June 25 at 8:30 a.m. on MGoBlue.com/tickets. Tickets will go on sale for the public on June 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Barcelona and SSC Napoli are two of the most successful franchises in their respective leagues. A 26-time LaLiga and five-time UEFA Champions League champions, FC Barcelona holds the league record for the most Copa del Rey (30) and Supercopa de Espana (13) titles, as well as European records for the most UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (4) and UEFA Super Cup (5) wins.
SSC Napoli is recognized internationally as one of the most successful Italian clubs, having won two league titles, five Coppa Italias, two Supercoppa Italiana titles, and one UEFA Cup. The club placed second overall in the league this year. This will be SSC Napoli’s first trip to the United States in 30 years.
Due to the LaLiga-Serie A Cup soccer event at University of Michigan Stadium 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, parking restrictions (and vendor operations) on this day will follow the same protocols as U-M home football game-day Saturdays in Ann Arbor. This means there will be no on-street parking on select stadium-area streets for a 16-hour span: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10–midnight Sunday, Aug. 11.
A map showing the streets with game-day parking restrictions is available at www.a2gov.org/parking. In summary, streets with these game-day parking restrictions include portions of:
- South Fourth Avenue
- Edgewood Place
- Brown Street
- South Division Street
- Franklin Boulevard
- Edgewood Avenue
- Belmar Place
- South Main Street
- West Keech Avenue
- Potter Avenue
- Berkley Avenue
- Snyder Avenue
- McKinley Avenue
- Dewey Avenue
- Scio Church Road
Signage displayed in the U-M stadium area also promotes the events-parking hotline number, 734.794.6444, for a recorded message with information about the parking restrictions.
In addition, the following street closures will be in place at 2 p.m. until the end of the match, with the exception of southbound South Main Street, which will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. until the end of the match: East Keech Street between South Main and Greene streets, limiting access to parking permit holders on Greene Street from East Hoover to Keech streets; the westbound right-turn lane on East Stadium Boulevard (onto South Main Street) just south of the Michigan Stadium, and South Main Street between Pauline and Stadium.
*Please note, construction on South State Street will be temporarily suspended and the street opened in both directions starting on Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. Work and road and lane closures will resume Monday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m.
Residents and visitors interested in information about the event itself can visit the event page on the U-M Athletics website.