FAU Stadium to host Florida Cup tournament doubleheader

Second annual pre-season tournament to bring pro clubs from overseas


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Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

For the first time in its history, Florida Atlantic University Stadium will host a doubleheader leg of the 2016 Florida Cup on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Atletico Mineiro and Corinthians of Brazil will serve as the first match of the doubleheader, while Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe and North American Soccer League (NASL) side Fort Lauderdale Strikers will meet in the second game.

“We definitely like the location,” operations manager Gustavo Poliak said of the choice of venue. “The stadium is beautiful, we are right next to the beach and we are working to make a mutual relationship with the university for the future.”

The pre-season tournament, which will take place from Jan. 10-20, will have a total of 10 games, six of which (including an All-Star game) will be played at ESPN’S Wide World Of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida. Two of the games will take place at Lockhart Stadium, the home venue of the Strikers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Promotional Artwork courtesy of 2SV Sports
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The rest of the seven-team tournament field includes German clubs Schalke 04 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Brazil’s Fluminense and Internacional, as well as Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk.

Last year, Bundesliga team 1. FC Koln won the inaugural edition of the cup, combining with their fellow German participant Bayer 04 to beat Fluminense and Corinthians and give Germany the country standings lead over Brazil.

According to Poliak, there is a 20 percent off promotion code for student and staff-purchased tickets to the matches on Ticketmaster (ID has to be presented at the gate to claim). There will also be a group tabling in the Breezeway when students return in the spring to try and get a large student presence at the games.

Currently, tickets are on sale from $26 to $180.00 for the doubleheader. Non-FAU staff and student tickets cost a bit more, priced anywhere between $32.50 and $220.

Ryan Lynch is the sports editor of the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.