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Pro soccer exhibition planned in St. Louis

Friday, March 29, 2013 | 9:46 a.m. CDT; updated 1:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 29, 2013

ST. LOUIS — Two of the top teams in soccer's English Premier League are coming to St. Louis for an exhibition match.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that Busch Stadium will host a game on May 23 between Manchester City and Chelsea.

St. Louis has a long soccer heritage but has been hurt in recent years because of the lack of an appropriate venue for big-time matches.

Vicki Bryant, vice president of event services and merchandising for the Cardinals, said the hope is to make a high-profile game an annual event.

The match will be the first professional, non-baseball sporting event at Busch since the stadium opened in 2006.

Tickets starting at $30 go on sale Tuesday, with a pre-sale Monday for Cardinals season ticket holders.

 


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