While South Florida has hosted its share of big sporting events, including everything from Super Bowls to World Series games and more, one of soccer’s most heated rivalries could be the biggest event yet.
The latest edition of ‘El Clasico’ between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place inside Hard Rock Stadium this Saturday night at 8 p.m., the first time that the longtime rivals have met in the United States.
Promoters of the event say it rivals hosting a Super Bowl, with an economic impact expected to bring tens of millions of dollars to South Florida.
“It’s traditional, it’s historic. It’s two of the best teams in the world,” said Luis Vigo, a former soccer star who played for both teams during his career.
Tickets for Saturday’s match start $245 and are going for as high as $4,500 - while fans can attend a practice session for both teams inside the stadium on Friday starting for just $20.