Ireland to Face Costa Rica at PPL Park
Relevent Sports and the Philadelphia Union today announced that the national teams of Ireland and Costa Rica will face off on June 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania at 8 p.m., ET.
Tickets start at just $40 and will be available online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the PPL Park box office, beginning Thursday, May 1 at 10 a.m.
Costa Rica is in Group D of the World Cup this summer and will open up against Uruguay in Fortaleza on June 14 before facing Italy in Recife on June 20. Four days later the Ticos will close out the first round against England in Belo Horizonte. Costa Rica is coached by the Colombian Jorge Pinto and led by Bryan Ruiz (PSV, Holland), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos, Greece) and Keylor Navas (Levante, Spain).
Ireland comes to the United States after missing out on the upcoming World Cup by finishing fourth in Group C in European qualifying. The Irish are now coached by former Aston Villa and Celtic manager Martin O’Neil and are led by LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane as well as the Everton trio of Aiden McGeady, Seamus Coleman, and James McCarthy. Ireland will also face Portugal four days later at MetLIfe Stadium in New Jersey.
“We are excited to present another exciting interesting international match prior to the World Cup this summer in Brazil” said Relevent Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano. “Costa Rica is one of the region’s top teams while Ireland is always one of the best-supported national teams in our country so we have no doubt that it will be a great match with a fantastic atmosphere.”
Opened in 2010, PPL Park is home to Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union. The stadium is located in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester and holds 18,500 fans. In addition to Philadelphia Union matches, PPL Park serves as a destination for capacity crowds and high energy events. In just four years of operation PPL Park has had the pleasure of hosting three consecutive Collegiate Rugby Championships, Army-Navy Cup I & II, USA Rugby vs. New Zealand Maori All Blacks, Villanova University Football, NCAA Men’s College Cup, and a variety of other high profile events.
“We are proud to be hosting what will be one of the most exciting weeks for ‘the world’s game’ in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “This match, coupled with the Greece vs. Nigeria match up on June 3, will give fans one last opportunity to see teams before they travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”