The International Champions Cup match between Bayern Munich and AC Milan has been moved from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri to Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
The shift represents a big change in terms of seating as Arrowhead Stadium has a capacity of 76,416, while Children’s Mercy Park holds 18,467, plus standing-room only tickets. Arrowhead Stadium is the home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, while Children’s Mercy Park is where MLS side Sporting Kansas City plays its home games.
The change in venue should give Bayern and AC Milan fans a much more intimate and personal setting to view the contest. According to Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan, poor weather has delayed a construction project that has impacted how ready the stadium would be to house the competition. Donovan told KasnasCity.com:
You will see these beautiful seats that are up in the upper deck. You’re also going to see sections and sections of seats that aren’t in yet. We will be fine by July 23, but we didn’t want to take any risk, didn’t want to have to do anything extraordinary to get ready, and we didn’t want to impact them and make a move late. That was a big factor. It was not the schedule, not anything else. It was the weather. We had so much rain.
Donovan went further to describe one of the issues by saying that the renovations require a “cure period” and that because of the weather, that phase has not been properly completed. Donovan also acknowledged that ticket sales were not exactly great to date:
Tickets were not what we expected, but we think there’s a lot going on to that. These things typically sell later, so we’re not necessarily concerned about tickets.
Per the report from KansasCity.com, the game “had not yet sold more tickets than Children’s Mercy Park is able to accommodate.” Anyone who currently has seats will be be given comparable seats at Children’s Mercy Park, but fans will also have a two-week window to request a refund.
Any available tickets will open to the general public on Saturday June 15th at 10:00 AM.
The game will take place on July 23rd at 8:00 PM (CST).