INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - For the first time ever, two of the top international professional soccer teams - Chelsea FC and Inter Milan - will play in Indianapolis on Thursday.
For days, crews have been putting the sod down on top of the artificial turf. The field is 70 yards by 120 yards.
These two teams, Chelsea FC and Inter Milan, are some of the best the world has to offer when it comes to soccer. The caliber of talent that will be playing in front of fans really is the best of the best in the soccer community.
Steve Nash, who plays for the LA Lakers also grew up playing soccer in Canada. Nash tried out for Inter Milan and didn’t make the roster.
"These are 2 of the best soccer teams in the world. They have won European championships in this decade and there is this amazing skill that is going to be on display and a lot of drama that is playing out. The new coach for Chelsea is the old coach of Inter which is the old coach of Chelsea who is returning," Peter Wilt, president and general manager of Indy Eleven told 24-Hour News 8.
Indy Eleven played a big role in Indianapolis hosting this game. They say this game is an investment in the community and that they "reached for the stars and caught one" Wilt said.
Indy Eleven says more than 40,000 fans will be at Lucas oil to watch the teams face off. All $30 seats were sold before the match.
Typically when a game is over, crews pick up the sod and throw it all away. Not the case after this game.
Indy eleven wants to make sure this sod gets used again in hopes of helping "future soccer stars."
"We're very fortunate that a number of different civic organizations have come forward looking to transplant the sod and we have decided to donate it to greenwood so they can transplant it there, in a park. Have a new soccer field that can be used by children and soccer players for years to come," Wilt said.
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