OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha Sports Commission is pleased to announce that international soccer is coming to Omaha, as the OSC will be hosting the Canadian Youth National Team in an exhibition match against the Creighton men’s soccer team later this month. The first international men’s soccer match featuring Creighton at Morrison Stadium will kick off at 7 p.m., on Friday, April 23.
“Hopefully, this is just the beginning of what will be a long list of great soccer opportunities for soccer fans in Omaha to experience,” said OSC President Harold Cliff.
The match will be part of the Canadian Team’s training time in Omaha and at Morrison Stadium, as the national team will arrive on the 21st and have several training sessions over a five-day period. The match also gives Creighton a fifth spring exhibition match, including four at Morrison Stadium.
“I want to thank Harold Cliff and the Omaha Sports Commission for bringing this event to Omaha,” said Creighton head coach Bob Warming. “We’re excited about it and we hope to have more international games at Morrison Stadium in the future for all of the wonderful soccer fans in Omaha.”
Canadian head coach Sean Fleming is excited about the opportunity presented in Omaha, as it will be the first time he brings his team together to start preparation for 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifying.
“I’m looking forward to bringing all of our guys together and we’ll bring a larger roster than we’d typically have for something like this,” said Fleming about his team’s upcoming training. “The Creighton program is renowned for its success and will present a good challenge for us in the match.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 22 and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at Ticketmaster locatcions (Baker’s, Younkers). Fans can also purchase tickets by stopping by the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center Ticket Office on April 22. Men’s soccer season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the public, starting Monday, April 19th (letters and e-mails will be sent to season ticket holders about this process).
Lower level reserved tickets located in the grandstand on the west side are $8 each for adults and $5 each for youth (ages 3-18), while lower level general admission tickets located on the east and north sides of the stadium are $7 each for adults and $4 each for youth (ages 3-18). Upper level reserved tickets located on the north end are $20 each for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-18).