Another attendance mark? European soccer powers nearly set to invade the Big House

Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon (left) and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch during an NHL press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Big House now has world-record crowds for college football, and both college and professional hockey.

Next might be Champions League Soccer.

Michigan Stadium is tentatively scheduled to host  a match between world powers Manchester United and Real Madrid, as part of the 2014 International Champions Cup. The tournament will match eight European clubs traveling to 12 cities across the United States.

Imagine what Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon might do with a spectacle like this. The success of Major League Soccer throughout the United States, along with the Champions League regularly shown on national television,  there’s no telling how large of a crowd could show up.

May 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Chelsea midfielder Ramires (7) heads a ball against Manchester City during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Manchester City won 5-3. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Stadium was mentioned as a possible sight for the 1994 World Cup, but the series of games were played in the Pontiac Stadium instead. The top crowd in Pontiac was over 77,000, so breaking 100,000 at the Big House might be a tall order.

67,000 last year in Miami

Matches in the 2013 International Champions Cup were split between Spain and the United States.  Real Madrid defeated Chelsea in the championship game  before 67,000 fans in Miami.

If all the t’s are crossed, the match will be played August 2 at 4 pm.

The Champions League is home to many of the popular European sides. Other teams expected to compete in the  tournament are Liverpool, Manchester City and AC Milan.♦

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer