Expect to pay big bucks to see Real Madrid

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

The last people to know that Real Madrid was coming to Toronto appeared to be Toronto FC.

But the local MLS team, which finally confirmed the Aug. 7 date yesterday, said the delay was because of "challenging" issues in negotiations with Los Galacticos, holders of nine European Cups.

"You want to announce it properly," agreed Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., beaten to the punch by the Toronto media and Real's website. "But organizing one of these is completely different than the friendlies we've had before.

"Real Madrid plays in an 80,000-seat stadium and they're going to a (47,000-seat) stadium in Washington on their tour. We have a 20,000-seat stadium so there are a lot of details (ticketing and one-day conversion to real grass)."

This game doesn't count as the international friendly that TFC includes in all season ticket packages, so it will be priced a lot higher when that info is unveiled Monday. But subscribers and those on the waiting list get first crack at a "loyalty" price.

The opponent for the friendly will be revealed in about a week, Anselmi said.


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