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Soccer Business Bits: Wizards Construction, AC Milan Returns & More

As progress continues on their new stadim, the Wizards offered an interesting opportunity to season ticket holders prior to Saturday’s home game.  Season ticket holders were invited to sign a steel beam part that was to be part of the new building.  According to Wizards President Robb Heineman,   “Construction on the stadium is moving at a rapid pace, and we’re pleased to be this far along this early in the process…inviting season ticket holders to this event is a great way to get fans connected to our club, our stadium and our vision for soccer in Kansas City.”   After the signing, the beam was placed into the structure.  This was a great way for the team to integrate its fan base into the new stadium.

In DC, Steve Goff is reporting on an AC Milan/DC United friendly in May.  These friendlies were an enormous success last year during the European pre-season, but the May game comes at the of a long campaign for AC Milan and prior to the World Cup.  Given that many of the Milan stars will not be at the match, it is quite possible that the match will draw a fairly weak crowd.  Moreover, there will not be a significant lead time for an ad campaign.  It will be interesting to monitor ticket sales for this game as the date nears.

Finally, in the wake of the successful home opener in Philly, we thought we would show you the status of PPL Park.