When Mexican rivals Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América meet at Soldier Field Sunday, they will play in front of a sold-out crowd.
The sellout was announced on Friday. The match, known as the Súper Clásico, is a friendly during the international break.
Soldier Field is having quite a year in terms of hosting big soccer events. The Chicago stadium already hosted the Gold Cup final between Mexico and the United States, and it will showcase the final World Cup victory tour match for the U.S. women’s national team Oct. 6.
The Liga MX Apertura season is near its halfway point. The two rivals are at different ends of the table with América (4-3-1, 13 points) sitting third while Chivas (2-2-3, 7 points) is 15th, four points out of a playoff spot.
After the Gold Cup final drew a crowd of 62,493 in July, this game will mark another big crowd for soccer at Soldier Field. It is a development worth noting since Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire are expected to move back to the stadium in 2020. While Fire attendance likely won’t approach sellout levels, this year provides proof of concept that soccer can draw in big numbers at the NFL stadium.
This will be the biggest crowd for an international club match in Soldier Field history, according to promoters of the Súper Clásico. The previous record attendance was 61,351 for a friendly between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in 2015.