Here’s the pitch: Soccer at Wrigley
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media May 16, 2012 10:50PM
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Updated: June 29, 2012 9:28AM
Soccer will return to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1984 when Italy’s AS Roma and Poland’s Zaglebie Lubin play a friendly at
2:30 p.m. July 22.
The game will follow the Ron Santo Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., and other tributes to Santo. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 24 at www.cubs.com/soccer and range from $25 to $110.
The playing field will run from the third-base line to right field, similar to the layout for the Illinois-Northwestern football game in 2010.
“As a club, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue to kick off our first-ever U.S. tour than Wrigley Field,” AS Roma chief executive Mark Pannes said in a statement. “We have an outstanding fan base in the Chicago area, and we can’t wait to showcase the legendary club and elite players that are AS Roma for both the Italian and Polish fans.”
The friendly is the first stop on a U.S tour for AS Roma, which also is scheduled to play in New York and Boston. The game comes one day after the Fire takes on Aston Villa in another international friendly at Toyota Park.
AS Roma has numerous Italian national-team players, including forwards Fabio Borini and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
Zaglebie Lubin forwards Szymon Pawlowski and Arkadiusz Wozniak, midfielder Maciej Malkowski and defender Marcin Kowalczyk play for the Polish national team.
“The Roma brand in the U.S. has been one of our top priorities, and playing an international friendly at Wrigley Field against a top Polish club is a big step in the right direction,” AS Roma chief executive Jim Pallotta said.