Most tickets sold out for Manchester City-Bayern Munich match at Lambeau Field; Green Bay area hotel rooms scarce
GREEN BAY – Eighty percent of tickets are sold for the Manchester City-Bayern Munich soccer match at Lambeau Field.
The soccer friendly — an exhibition match — is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23 in the home of the Green Bay Packers. Tickets went on sale May 5 to Packers season ticket holders and May 6 to the general public.
The match is between two of the world's soccer powers, Manchester City of England's Premier League and Bayern Munich of Germany's Bundesliga.
Bayern, founded in 1900, just won its 32nd championship since Bundesliga launched nearly 59 years ago. This year's was its 10th consecutive Bundesliga championship. It also won six Champions League cups among other accomplishments.
Since luring coach Pep Guardiola from Bayern in 2016, Man City, founded in 1880, has won three of the last four Premier League championships and is one point ahead of Liverpool this season. Each team will play their final game of the season on Sunday.
Unsold seats at Lambeau mostly are in the top rows of the bowl at the north end zone and in the rows closest to the field.
Standard tickets were listed between $35 and $160, but those closest to the field were a good deal more expensive. Those seats are in what Ticketmaster calls its Official Platinum category. Ticketmaster said that category uses market-based pricing.
On Wednesday, the remaining Official Platinum seats, some of which were directly behind the team benches, ranged from $170 to $950.
"The goal is to give the most passionate fans fair and safe access to the best tickets, while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true market value," Ticketmaster explained on its website.
On the secondary market, the average of lowest-priced tickets at six marketplaces was $79.
As of Wednesday, Ticketmaster had not reported to event organizer Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) of Chicago how many tickets were sold to overseas fans.
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The weekend of the game will kick off a busy time in Green Bay. In the days following the July 23 match, the Packers will hold their annual shareholders' meeting and open training camp for the 2022 season. The week-long EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh also begins on that Monday. That event drew more than 600,000 visitors in 2021, according to EAA, Packers training camp draws about 90,000 fans from around the world.
And in downtown Green Bay, the annual Kitsunekon convention, an event for lovers of anime and gaming, claimed hotel rooms for that weekend.
"We are pretty full that weekend," said Brad Toll, president and CEO of Discover Green Bay. "We had a lot of rooms full already downtown before soccer was announced. The impact of this one is going to go all over northeast Wisconsin, and potentially Madison and Milwaukee."
Which is to say that hotel rooms already are at a premium, with rooms, when you can find them, going for $300 a night and more. A random check of hotel websites showed a number of them with no availability for that weekend.
A check of Airbnb listings for that weekend showed 43 listings, some in the Appleton, that were going for $115 to $1,905 a night. Toll said there are about 700 Airbnb providers in the region.
"It's not unlike a Packers weekend," he said.
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