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    Default FC Barcelona to face Sounders FC, Galaxy on U.S. tour

    NEW YORK - FC Barcelona, one of the world's most popular and successful clubs - and the current UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey finalists - will return to the United States this summer for the second consecutive year. FC Barcelona will tour the west coast, taking on the LA Galaxy on Saturday, August 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (11:00 p.m. ET), and the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, August 5 at Qwest Field in Seattle (10:30 p.m. ET). There will be a third game to conclude the FCB Tour. Details are being finalized and will be announced shortly. The preseason tour was announced today by Major League Soccer (MLS) in conjunction with FC Barcelona and the MLS teams.

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    hmm, they have to fly by TO on their way to the west coast

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    tour the west coast... one more team to be finalized? I guess its not Toronto.

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    So they got Barcelona and Chelsea this year? Damn it.

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    Yup and will get, some shitty team like usual. This will continue to happen until we get real grass at BMO!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloor West FC View Post
    Yup and will get, some shitty team like usual. This will continue to happen until we get real grass at BMO!!
    Seattle doesn't have real grass either. So WTF is going on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloor West FC View Post
    Yup and will get, some shitty team like usual. This will continue to happen until we get real grass at BMO!!
    qwest field in seattle has fieldturf

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    It may have something to do with the fact that BMO holds about 20k. Significantly more capacity at both the Rose Bowl and Qwest field

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    yea but the arrangement that is place with the stadium or another company is to have grass installed for soccer games. Whether or not they do it for MLS league games or not I'll bet that there will be grass in Qwest when they play barca

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    Let's not forget Canada faced Brazil there last year as well. The Qwest coast is sure gettting the lions share of good teams visiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonO View Post
    It may have something to do with the fact that BMO holds about 20k. Significantly more capacity at both the Rose Bowl and Qwest field

    Skydome?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadaren View Post
    yea but the arrangement that is place with the stadium or another company is to have grass installed for soccer games. Whether or not they do it for MLS league games or not I'll bet that there will be grass in Qwest when they play barca
    I don't think there is any such arrangement....

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    More than likely if Barca comes it will be at the Rogers Centre. Do the same thing they did a few years back when AS Roma, Liverpool, Celtic and ?(I forget the 4th team) played here.
    They spent large $$ to have real grass in place for the games.
    Close to 60,000 for each game.
    I paid $125 for a mid-price ticket.
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    I am still amazed that they can book these friendlies for meaningless games but the All Star Game gets lower rated teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonO View Post
    It may have something to do with the fact that BMO holds about 20k. Significantly more capacity at both the Rose Bowl and Qwest field
    ROGERS CENTRE!!! If the Galaxy move this game from Home Depot Center to the Rose Bowl ... I can see TFC doing the same.

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    Too bad TFC can't play against those two teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakTFC View Post
    So they got Barcelona and Chelsea this year? Damn it.
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewski View Post
    Skydome?

    No, never BMO is our home...the skydome should only been considered for February games in the CCL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by king dave View Post
    More than likely if Barca comes it will be at the Rogers Centre. Do the same thing they did a few years back when AS Roma, Liverpool, Celtic and ?(I forget the 4th team) played here.
    They spent large $$ to have real grass in place for the games.
    Close to 60,000 for each game.
    I paid $125 for a mid-price ticket.
    KD.
    Those games, if I am not mistaken, barely hit 50,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC07 View Post
    Too bad TFC can't play against those two teams.
    We play the Sounders and the Galaxy every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    We play the Sounders and the Galaxy every year.
    Well played, sir.


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    Quote Originally Posted by boban View Post
    Those games, if I am not mistaken, barely hit 50,000.
    Celtic vs Roma - Saturday July 31st, 2004...
    Game Time - 8pm...
    Attendance 50,168... (Capacity 54,000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_torontofc_2008 View Post
    No, never BMO is our home...the skydome should only been considered for February games in the CCL.
    How do you not want a home game at BMO in February....can't be that bad can it? Ultimate home field advantage playing a team from a much warmer country with a few snow flurries in the air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by king dave View Post
    More than likely if Barca comes it will be at the Rogers Centre. Do the same thing they did a few years back when AS Roma, Liverpool, Celtic and ?(I forget the 4th team) played here.

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    I hate to wine, but man it's frustrating to see Seattle getting Barcelona compared to what we've had hear 2 years in a row. Well, grass can no longer be blamed as it was last year.

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    This game would have to be played at the Roger's Centre to be economically viable. Grass will have to be laid. That means $$$$. Barca will have to be paid. That means $$$$.

    Rogers Centre had a capacity of 54 000 for the last international friendles. Subtract the 16 000 season ticket holders and that equals 38 000 more seats to sell. If the average ticket price was merely $80, then the extra revenue generate from the gate would be $3 million. Not including private boxes and other revenue streams.

    No brainer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfcgk View Post
    How do you not want a home game at BMO in February....can't be that bad can it? Ultimate home field advantage playing a team from a much warmer country with a few snow flurries in the air!

    'A few snow flurries'!?!?

    I swear, people get a couple of weeks of nice weather and it's like everyone forgets exactly how bad it gets in the dead of winter.

    If you think Wednesday's attendance was bad, imagine what a Wednesday crowd in February at -10 with gusting wind and snow would look like.

    Also, we play at a 5th or 6th rate stadium. We are never getting a high profile friendly like this until we A) expand B) lay grass.

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    Even if Qwest keeps turf on there field its not turf that is played on all winter by people who rent the field. Our turf is flat carpet. Its sad.

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    ^I thought the turf is still groomed and kept up with new toxic tire bits? Having said that, our turf does look flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloor West FC View Post
    Even if Qwest keeps turf on there field its not turf that is played on all winter by people who rent the field. Our turf is flat carpet. Its sad.
    i don't know the extend of usage, but QWest is used by high school and occasionally NCAA football, as well as the Seahawks of course

 

 

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