February 22, 2014

Nigeria/Mexico friendly makes history

The March 5 international friendly match between Nigeria and Mexico at the Georgia Dome is fast selling and trending to be one of highest-attended soccer games in Atlanta’s history.

Two weeks before the March 5 kickoff, more than 40,000 tickets have been sold. Soccer United Marketing, which is organizing the game, has sold tickets to consumers from 37 different states. More than 85 percent of the tickets for the Dome’s lower bowl have been sold.

Because games featuring Mexico typically have large walk-up sales, the upcoming match could surpass the previous record of 54,229 tickets sold for last year’s Gold Cup games, which also featured Mexico. Capacity for the game is 72,000.

Next month’s game features two teams that will in play in the World Cup in Brazil this summer, so the environment in the Dome could be raucous.

Mexico, No. 21 in FIFA’s world rankings, is in a World Cup group that includes Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. Coach Miguel Herrera is expected to call in much of the team that will appear in the World Cup.

“Atlanta is a great city,” Herrera told Soccer United Marketing. “We’ve played there with some teams and the people have responded sensationally. The Georgia Dome is a good stadium with an important capacity. It has a rich history, with football and the Olympics. Nigeria is going to be an extraordinary opponent for us, very similar to what we are going to face against Cameroon in the opening match of the World Cup.”