PASADENA, California (KABC) — More than 90,000 people are expected at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night for the sold-out exhibition football game between Real Madrid CF and Juventus.
Dozens of fans were spotted pre-gaming in the stadium prior to the 6:00 PM game.
“This is my first time seeing my favorite team, so it’s going to be exciting,” said Real Madrid CF fan Erick Guzman. “They’re going to win.”
Real Madrid CF is the reigning champions of the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish La Liga.
Juventus finished fourth in the Italian Serie A in the 2021-22 season and reached the eighth finals in the Champions League.
The match is the third and final match for both teams on the Soccer Champions Tour.
Real Madrid lost 1-0 to Barcelona in Las Vegas last Saturday and tied Mexico’s Club America 2-2 in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Juventus defeated Chivas 2-0 on July 22 in Las Vegas and tied FC Barcelona 2-2 on Tuesday in Dallas.
“I’m a [Real Madrid CF] fan since I was six years old,” said Ticha Mejia. “I grew up playing football all my life. I still remember, to this day, the first time my father gave me a Real Madrid jersey, and since then, what was like, I don’t know, 15 or 16, 20 years ago… I’m an avid fan.”
Promoter AEG strongly discourages fans without tickets from coming to the Rose Bowl.
Serious traffic disruptions are expected. Parking can be sold out after 5pm
“It’s a historic location,” said Real Madrid Los Angeles director Jesus Peralta. “For us to be here is a dream come true. We are playing against a great team, Juventus, but we are definitely going to win today.”
City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.
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