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Ann Arbor Gearing Up To Celebrate Manchester United-Real Madrid Game

Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

Football is coming to the Big House this weekend. A sold out crowd of over 100,000 will be on hand to see a game much different than what is played on Saturday afternoons in the fall. 

Manchester United will take on Real Madrid in European football Saturday.  That's soccer to you and me.  
Just because the game itself is sold out, doesn't mean you can't join in for this international event.   There is plenty of soccer-related fun to be had on Friday

The success of "The Puck Drops Here" on New Year's Eve before the Winter Classic hockey game made it a no-brainer to hold a similar party downtown before this weekend's soccer game.  To accommodate the festivities, stretches of Main, Liberty, and Washington streets will be closed.  Several of the area restaurants are holding specials to mark the occasion, and beginning at 3 Friday afternoon, there will be 13-musical acts performing on a pair of stages, at Main and Washington and Liberty and Ashley.

If you go to the party, you just might find your way into the sold-out game! 

Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Director Laura Berarducci says you can win tickets via a scavenger hunt, or just by using social media during your visit, "Posting photos through either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tagging #Visit Ann Arbor and #ICC 2014."

The winners will be announced from the stage and via social media.

Additionally, while you're downtown Friday you will be able to purchase tickets to see the two teams practice late afternoon and early evening. Those will cost you $35 a piece.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.   

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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