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40,000 Tickets Distributed for Mexico vs. Nigeria
Limited Lower-level and club seats still available
HOUSTON (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – More than 40,000 tickets have already been distributed for the international soccer match between Mexico and Nigeria, officials from Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE) and Soccer United Marketing announced today. The champions of CONCACAF and Africa will face off on Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. CDT at Reliant Stadium. The match, presented by Allstate, will be the third of five games as part of Mexico’s annual U.S. tour, now in its 11th year.
Tickets, which start at $30, may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, over the phone by calling 1-800-745-3000 and at all Houston-area Ticketmaster locations, including all Houston-area Fiesta stores. The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol invites fans to use their Visa cards. A limited number of lower-level tickets are still available, along with seats in the club level and in the upper seating bowl.
Mexico has played 12 matches at Reliant Stadium since 2003, averaging nearly 60,000 fans per appearance. The last time El Tricolor featured against an African opponent at Reliant in 2010, Mexico defeated Angola 1-0 before a crowd of 70,099.
The upcoming May game against Nigeria will be crucial for Mexico head coach, Jose Manuel de la Torre, as it will be the team’s final test before two June Hexagonal CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round matches. Following the qualifiers, Mexico – the reigning CONCACAF Gold Cup champions – will head to Brazil to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup. In Brazil, El Tricolor will face the home team, Italy and Japan in the group stage. Mexico will return to U.S. territory to defend their title in the bi-annual CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Mexico will inaugurate on July 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Nigeria was crowned champion of the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the final, and will also travel to Brazil in July to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup where they will face Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti in the group stage. Nigeria, currently leading Africa’s World Cup qualifying, has won the Africa Nations Cup on three occasions and also has participated in four World Cup tournaments. Mexico and Nigeria have met three times with a 1-0-2 record in favor of Mexico. The two teams last met in October of 2007 in an international friendly, with the match ending in a 2-2 tie at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The match is being presented by long-time Mexican National team sponsor, Allstate Insurance Company, now in its seventh year as the exclusive auto, home and life insurance sponsor of El Tricolor.
The 2013 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour is sponsored by adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Behr, Bud Light, Castrol, Coca-Cola, el Jimador, Frito-Lay, Makita, NAPA Auto Parts, Nature Nutrition, The Home Depot, Breyers, Bertolli and Visa.