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Match day tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 in Hong Kong are to go on sale to the general public on Friday 31st May at 10am Hong Kong time.
The only Premier League-affiliated competition to be held outside England, the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 will feature Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and South China, the 2012/13 champions of the Red MR Hong Kong First Division League.
The four team knock-out tournament will take place over two match days on Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 July 2013, with a Final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place. All matches will take place in the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium and on both dates there will be two matches played:
Over two thirds of match tickets will go on sale to local supporters for each of the double-header match days, so that is in excess of 52,000 tournament tickets going on public sale. It has always been a principle of the Barclays Asia Trophy that tickets are affordable for fans locally and this year is no different. There are two different pricing structures for the two evenings and the prices in Hong Kong dollars are:
Wednesday 24 July 2013 Saturday 27 July 2013
Tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 will be available to purchase in Hong Kong through Cityline, the official ticketing agency of the Barclays Asia Trophy, through the following sources:
Tickets sold are per match day and each daily ticket gains the purchaser entrance to both matches on that day. It is not possible to buy a combined ticket for both days. There will be designated areas of the ground for the English-based club supporters, so they can sit together to support their team. Supporters are advised to contact their club directly to enquire about English-based supporter tickets.
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: "We can't wait to return to Hong Kong because it is a fantastic setting for the Barclays Asia Trophy. Last time in 2011 was our best ever tournament and a key factor in that was the atmosphere created by the fans in the packed Hong Kong Stadium. So that's why, again, we have made the tournament accessible and affordable over the two days. We want as many supporters as possible to enjoy the Premier League experience."
“The Barclays Premier League season has just ended but we can't wait for the next one to start because it promises to be so exciting. We've never had a situation where the teams in the top three all have new managers the next season, so the 2013/14 season is going to be unpredictable. And the Barclays Asia Trophy is the perfect curtain raiser for that drama because we have three teams who play exciting football.
The tournament will be officiated by Barclays Premier League Match Officials and HKFA Match Officials, and will also be staged in accordance with Barclays Premier League Rules. The two Select Group referees coming to Hong Kong are Anthony Taylor and Neil Swarbrick. Both Anthony and Neil will be supporting the British Council in running a Premier Skills course for match officials in Hong Kong.
Barclays is the title sponsor of the Asia Trophy for the fourth time. Commercial partners for the Barclays Asia Trophy are Nike, EA Sports, Carlsberg, Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Tourism, Audi and Now TV. To keep fans up-to-date with the latest news on the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013, the Premier League has created a Facebook page in Cantonese at www.facebook.com/premierleague
Mark Sutcliffe, CEO of the Hong Kong Football Association Limited, added: “The HKFA is proud and honoured to be hosting the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy. When the event was in Hong Kong in 2011 it was hugely popular and a very exciting tournament.
“The 2013 competition promises to be even more entertaining. To have two of the top five teams in, arguably the best league in the world, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, playing in Hong Kong is a rare privilege. The third team, Sunderland, will also be a big draw with their passionate new manager. Football in Hong Kong is undergoing a revival at present and we look forward to our league winners South China testing themselves against some of the best players to have ever pulled on a football shirt. It will be a good barometer of how far we have progressed in recent times, as well as being a real thrill for local fans.
“The HKFA is particularly pleased that over 26,000 tickets per match day will be available for general public sales. It is important to us that these showcase matches are accessible. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with the Barclays Premier League and the British Council on a good causes programme and Premier Skills initiatives. It means, as well as being a fantastic event in itself, the Barclays Asia Trophy will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Hong Kong.”
Robert Morrice, Chairman and CEO, Barclays Asia said: “Hong Kong is an important regional hub for Barclays, where we employ more than 1,000 staff. So we welcome Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland for what will be an exciting tournament alongside the local team, South China, giving our brand the chance to engage with football fans across the region.
“The Barclays Premier League is hugely popular here in Hong Kong, with tens of thousands of supporters watching games on TV every weekend. However, to have the Barclays Asia Trophy return to Hong Kong for the third time gives fans another great opportunity to see some of the stars of the Barclays Premier League up close.”
One manager who knows what it is like to win the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong is Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas. He won the 2011 tournament with his previous club, Chelsea. He takes over a Spurs side that triumphed in the 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing, so there is winning pedigree in the ranks of the North London men.
The Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach is looking forward to returning to Hong Kong: “The Barclays Asia Trophy lets you step up a level in terms of opposition because of the teams involved in it. It gives us the opportunity to go abroad and continue our preparation with good facilities. I’ve been involved before with Chelsea, and I think it’s an excellent tournament and it’s something that we’re looking forward to going to,” said Villas-Boas.
“It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to meet and greet and engage fans that are in Asia, especially as it is difficult for them to come across and see our games. But the Barclays Premier League has become such a powerful product worldwide and touching the emotions of people there is important.”
This is also a second appearance in the Barclays Asia Trophy for Manchester City, having previously been in the 2005 tournament. City captain Vincent Kompany is also delighted to return to Hong Kong but says they won’t just be going there as tourists.
The Belgian international said: “With the interest in social media now, whether it is Twitter or Facebook is global, people all over the world are involved in the Barclays Premier League. It’s very important that we can go and represent the colours of Manchester City abroad. It’s sort of an adventure for us: we travel to different places and we meet a lot of different cultures, so it’s an experience in itself. But that is always good for team building and the Barclays Asia Trophy is a very important part in how we prepare for the new season.”
Debutants Sunderland are the 15th Premier League team to feature in the Barclays Asia Trophy debut and the tournament has significance for manager Paolo Di Canio ahead of his first full season in the Barclays Premier League:
“We are going to play very important games that give us the opportunity to test ourselves at the top level. There are many people who don’t have a chance to watch top level football, and the fact that every summer Premier League clubs go that area of the world gives hundreds of thousands a chance to see them. This is why the Barclays Asia Trophy is important.
“I expect a lot of enthusiasm because I know that Asian people are mad for football, they love football. And the fact that three English clubs will be there, they’re going to follow this tournament with interest. Hong Kong is a fantastic modern city. Premier League football is well known around the world, and Asia is one of the most important places.”
Steven Lo, Chairman, South China FC, added "It has been South China’s pleasure to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy again after 6 years since 2007, it is especially meaningful to South China fans that we can meet our club partner Tottenham Hotspur again in th e match here, not to mention the much expected top Premier League teams Manchester City and Sunderland in Hong Kong."
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