MetLife Stadium to Host Colombia vs. Brazil International
MetLife Stadium to Host Colombia vs. Brazil
November Game Serves as the 25th Match-Up between the
South American Countries and Preparation for the 2014 World
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - October 12, 2012 - MetLife Stadium
and RSE Ventures today announced that it will host two of
the world's top teams, Colombia and Brazil, on Wednesday,
November 14, 2012 at 7:30 PM EST.
Tickets, which range in price from $45 - $195, will go
on-sale to the public on Wednesday, October 17 at 11 AM EST
and will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster.com, by
phone at 1-800-745-3000, at the MetLife Stadium and IZOD
Center Box Offices, and at Wal-Mart Ticketmaster outlets
throughout the New York/New Jersey area. For group
sales (15+) call 201-460-4370. New Jersey Transit
service will be operating from New York's Penn Station to
the Meadowlands Sports Complex train station. For
more information, visit www.njtransit.com/meadowlands.
For Brazil, the home team, this is the team's third match
at MetLife Stadium, most recently facing Argentina on June
9, 2012 for the "Clash of the Titans" match-up. The
November match marks the first time Colombia will play at
MetLife Stadium and its first return to the Meadowlands
region since August 2009, playing against Venezuela at
Historically, Brazil and Colombia have met 24 times with 15
wins by Brazil, two by Colombia, and seven ties. Of
those matches, nine were World Cup Qualifiers with Brazil
taking five wins and four ties.
"We're thrilled to have the Brazil national team back at
MetLife Stadium for the second time this year, and we
welcome the Colombia national team to our building for the
first time," said Brad Mayne, President and CEO of MetLife
Stadium. "We had an amazing turnout for the recent Brazil
game, and are pleased to provide local fans of both teams
an opportunity to see this exciting match in their own back
Brazil and Colombia are both expected to field their
A-teams, giving fans the opportunity to see some of the
best and youngest players in the world. Brazil's
Neymar, 20, (Santos) is one of the most sought after
footballers by major European clubs. At age 19,
Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year
award. Neymar has drawn considerations to many of
Colombia's Falcao, 26, (Atlético Madrid) is considered one
of the top strikers in the world. Over the past three
seasons, Falcao has scored over 100 goals during league
competition. In 2011, Falcao became the first player
in history to win two consecutive European titles with two
different teams while at the same time becoming the top
goal scorer for those teams.
"It is great to end the international football year against
an opponent of Columbia's level, while at the same time
returning to the United States, and New Jersey, where we
have always been very well received by the fans," said
Brazil Coach Mano Menenzes. "Colombia has been
performing very well in their World Cup Qualification
campaign and we expect a great game where the Seleção will
treat the fans, who are certain to fill the stadium, as it
was in the other matches, with the good football that we
have been playing in our recent friendly matches. We
are going to bring our strongest squad to the game as the
most important thing is to play a great game against
Colombia and show the fans the team that we are building."
"Since we start working with Colombia, one of our biggest
conditions was for us to be able to choose the friendly
games we want to play, being a priority to play against
good teams," said Colombia Coach José Pekerman.
Brazil will host the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014
World Cup, which automatically qualifies the team for the
Tournament. Led by Coach Mano Menezes, Brazil is the
current holder of the FIFA Confederations Cup after winning
the 2005 and the 2009 edition of the Tournament.
Brazil is currently ranked 11th by FIFA and is consistently
considered to be among the strongest football nations in
the world. Brazil is the only national team to have
played in every World Cup and the only team that has won 5
Heading into the 2014 World Cup, Colombia is currently
ranked ninth in the FIFA world rankings (highest ranking
since 2002), with its recent success attributed to its new
golden generation of stars. Coached by
José Nestor Pekerman and led by top players Falcao and
Guarin, Colombia is now second on the World Cup Qualifiers
behind Argentina. Most recently, Colombia shocked
2011 Copa America winners, Uruguay and Chile, with
convincing World Cup Qualifying wins.
About MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York
Football Giants, sets the standard for venue excellence
with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities.
The only active venue to serve as the home stadium for two
NFL teams, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games per season,
more than any other Stadium.
With a full, game-day seating capacity of 82,500, MetLife
Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the National
Football League. It boasts numerous dining options
and a rail line that drops guests directly at the front
door. During its inaugural year in 2010, MetLife Stadium
was selected to host Super Bowl XLVIII, and in 2014 the
venue will become history's first open-air venue in a
cold-weather region to hold football's biggest game.
In 2011, MetLife Stadium was ranked No. 1 for safety by
Security magazine's "Security 500" in the
Arenas/Stadiums/Leagues/Entertainment division and for the
second consecutive year was cited by Billboard
magazine as the highest-grossing stadium in North America.
For more information, visit www.metlifestadium.com.
About RSE Ventures
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE
Ventures operates in four interrelated verticals: Sports,
Entertainment, Digital, and New Ventures. The company's
growing roster of companies, venues and events includes the
NFL's Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Insignia Sports
& Entertainment, and a newly created soccer division.
MetLife Stadium has agreed to the match participation
agreement with Pitch International LLP ("Pitch"). In August
2012, Pitch announced that it will be responsible for the
organisation, promotion and commercialisation of all
friendly matches of the Confederação Brasilera de Futebol
("CBF") until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Pitch is a leading sports marketing agency specialising in
the representation of rights for bodies such as sporting
federations, clubs, rights holders and agencies, selling
worldwide to television broadcasters, video/dvd
distributors, media agencies and sponsors.
Collectively, the partners and senior executives at Pitch
possess an extensive knowledge of the sports rights
industry and are proud to work with some of the world's
leading sporting federations, clubs and global stars. With
offices in London, Manchester, Amsterdam and Buenos Aires,
Pitch's global sales team sells sporting events and
programming to over 150 countries around the world.
Pitch has a number of divisions, with experienced and
specialist personnel in each, including TV Rights
Distribution, Sponsorship, Event Management, Production and
Pitch's client portfolio includes, amongst others, UEFA,
the English Football Association, the English Football
League, the Danish Football Association, Chelsea Football
Club, Liverpool Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur Football
Club, the English Rugby Football Union, RBS Six Nations,
Welsh Rugby Union, Irish Rugby Union, the Aviva
Premiership, the Argentine Rugby Union, Full Play Group,
New Zealand Cricket, the London 2012 Paralympic Games and
the International Handball Federation.