6/02/2007

Chicago Trophy most recent project aimed at making Chicago most attractive destination for 2016 Olympics....


Chicago Sun-Times: It's not the Games, but...


The City of Chicago has announced yet another major international project aimed at impressing the world, and particularly the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as it fights for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Chicago Trophy will bring four of Europe's great soccer clubs to the Windy City for a tournament that event organizers hope will become the premier North American tournament for European Club soccer, indisputably the best professional soccer league in the world.

Mayor Richard Daley called the Chicago Trophy tournament "further evidence that Chicago is becoming a great international sports town." He may have added that it is also proof that the city is becoming a great destination for international investment, as the tournament will be organized by Platinum One, and Irish sports management agency, and the lead sponsor is Shelbourne Development, who recently had their revised $2 billion plan for a 150-story Chicago Spire along the lakefront approved by the City Council.

Platinum One chairman Fintan Drury said the Chicago Trophy was inspired by the desire to bring a great summer soccer tournament to North America "to rival the best in Europe and in Asia."

The inaugural Chicago Trophy will feature Sevilla FC of Spain, Club Deportivo Toluca of Mexico, and Wisla Krakow of Poland, as well as a yet to be named Italian club. Each team will play two matches, earning three points for a win, one for a draw and bonus points for goals scored. It will be hosted July 27 & 29 at Soldier Field and tickets are priced at $45, $65 and $80, and one ticket will give fans the ability to watch a double-header.

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