Local Liverpool connection could bring future matches

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:

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CHARLOTTE - City leaders say ticket sales in Charlotte for the Liverpool and A.C. Milan soccer match in August are selling fast. It could lead to more games in Charlotte for the popular Liverpool team.

Anchor Scott Wickersham learned Tuesday how Liverpool wants to wants to use Charlotte to expand its fan base in the entire Southeast.

“I was thrilled, so excited. I was like ‘oh they’re coming,’” said Maureen Cape, secretary of the Charlotte Reds, a fan club for Liverpool.

Cape is not surprised the game is selling fast.

“Charlotte as a city is really progressive in terms of sports, and promotions of the new bank of America stadium,” Cape said.

Over 45,000 people have already purchased tickets, and city leaders believe the 73,000 seat stadium could sell out.

Charlotte sales have doubled other cities where teams will play, such as New York and Chicago.

“Those are big markets and we’ve doubled their booking pace,” said Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

Murray said if the team starts establishing a relationship with Charlotte, it could lead to more games in the future.

The owner of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group also owns half of Roush-Fenway racing, based in Concord.

Ben Lowe looks forward to seeing the best soccer teams play, and not spending a fortune to do it.

“It’s good for Charlotte. You want these clubs to come here, and it’s cheaper than flying across the Atlantic and seeing them,” Lowe said.