Special event added to soccer match

A special television event will take place May 25 at Yankee Stadium prior to the soccer match between Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC. A live screening on the Stadium’s 59-foot-high by 101-foot-long video board above center field of FOX Sports’ telecast of the UEFA Champions League Final will be shown. Pregame coverage will start at 2 p.m., followed at 2:45 by the match broadcast live from Wembley Stadium in London featuring Gus Johnson doing the play-by-play with analyst Warren Barton.

Kickoff of the on-field match at the Stadium between English Premier League standouts Manchester City and Chelsea is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., following the “UEFA Champions League Viewing” of a major world club soccer competition that for the first time will feature two German teams – four-time European champion Bayern Munich (1974-76, 2001) and 1997 winner Borussia Dortmund.

All tickets for the May 25 event include both the viewing party and the live match. Gates will open at 2 p.m. Fans should note that if the televised match runs into extra time and/or penalties, the start time of the Manchester City-Chelsea match will be no earlier than 15 minutes following the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League Final. Individual-game tickets for the full day of soccer are currently on sale at http://www.yankees.com/soccer and http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Manchester City FC clinched the 2011-12 EPL title in dramatic fashion on the last day of the season with two goals in extra-time. The club has won three domestic league titles (also 1936-37 and ’67-68), five FA cups (1904, ’34, ’56, ’69, 2011) and one European Cup Winners’ Cup (1970) since its founding in 1894. This season, the club has reached its 10th FA Cup Final and will face Wigan Athletic May 11 at Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea FC is the reigning UEFA Champions League champion, having defeated Bayern Munich on penalty kicks last May. Since its founding in 1905, the London-based team has won four domestic league titles (1954-55, 2004-05, ‘05-06 and ‘09-10) and seven FA Cups (1970, ‘97, 2000, ‘07, ‘09, ’10 and ’12).

For updates and further details, including suite opportunities, please visit http://www.yankees.com/soccer or follow @yankeesevents on Twitter.

Bundle packages that include tickets to the Manchester City-Chelsea match and the June 11 friendly at the Stadium between the national teams of Spain and Ireland will continue to be available at http://www.yankees.com/soccer.

The contests will mark the third and fourth soccer matches at the current Stadium. The first took place July 22, 2012, with Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain playing to a 1-1 draw in front of 38,202 fans. On August 8, 2012, Real Madrid defeated A.C. Milan, 5-1, before a sellout crowd of 49,474 as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals.

The current Yankee Stadium carries on the great soccer tradition of the original Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica and Sparta Prague, along with the national teams of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called the Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.

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