Soccer is chic in New York again, and Yankee Stadium is getting in on the increased interest: City website Gothamist is reporting that several European teams will play each other in "friendly matches" in late spring.
Chelsea will play Manchester City on May 25, just one week after the end of the Premier League. The teams currently sit in second (MCFC) and third (Chelsea) place in England and feature the likes of Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Sergio Aguero, and Joe Hart.
The second match up is more international, with Spain taking on Ireland on June 11. And, the site notes, Spain's credentials are unmatched in world soccer: The country is ranked #1 in the world, holding the current World Cup title and the last two European championships. Ireland, meanwhile, had a "weak showing" at Euro 2012 and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the last World Cup.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10AM ET for the general public at yankees.com/soccer. Yankees season ticket licensees have access to a pre-sale starting tomorrow. Tickets to both games will only be available in a bundle at first - with the cheapest bundle in the "Terrace/Grandstand" level coming in at $112.50. Those with a taste for prawn sandwiches (we've been told they're a staple of the Chelsea game day experience!) may choose to cough up for one of the Legends Club bundles, which top out at $829 a person.