U.S. Men’s National Team Opens Group A Play Against First-Time Opponent on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2012) – Individual tickets for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup qualifying match against first-time opponent Antigua and Barbuda will go on sale at 11 a.m. ET on March 1. The teams will meet at 7 p.m. ET on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Tickets starting at $22 go on sale to the public Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Tampa Bay (including many Walmart stores). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. ET and runs until Thursday, March 1, at 9 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will hold a public training session at the stadium the day before the game. More information about the free session will be available in the near future.
The USA’s match against Antigua & Barbuda will be the first match of the Semifinal Round of FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying. The Caribbean nation has never advanced to the Semifinal Round before and will also be facing the U.S. for the first time in the teams’ history.
The game also marks the first World Cup qualifier in the state of Florida since the USA defeated Mexico 2-1 on Nov. 23, 1980, in Ft. Lauderdale.
Along with the U.S. and Antigua & Barbuda, Group A consists of Guatemala and Jamaica. Each team will meet each other both home and away in round robin play. The top finishers from each of the three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013.
The MNT will be in Florida shortly before the June 8 match to take on Scotland in Jacksonville. The teams will kick off at 8 p.m. ET at EverBank Field on May 26. Before returning to the Sunshine State, the U.S. will head to Landover, Md., to face Brazil on May 30 and to Toronto to play Canada on June 3.