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10 Reasons Why Ticket Sales Are Slow for the Bosnia, Ivory Coast Soccer Match in STL

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5. There's no Chelsea F.C.
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The Chelsea v. Manchester City was a rare opportunity for St. Louis Chelsea fans to witness their beloved team in person. Remember, some of these fans have been waking at the break of dawn for years to stumble down to a soccer-friendly bar that will show their team playing many time zones away. Chelsea fans in St. Louis lost their lids when they heard their favorite team was coming here.

But national teams don't quite work that way. The World Cup only comes around every four years, so fans aren't cheering their national teams through a season the way they do with the English Premiere League. National teams are about celebrating national pride, and ticket sales could start to surge when St. Louis' thriving Bosnian community starts claiming seats.

See also: How Yogi Berra Could Help Bring a Major League Soccer Team to St. Louis

6. There's no C.F. Real Madrid.

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Jon Gitchoff
See No. 5.

7. There's no Manchester City F.C.

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Jon Gitchoff
See No. 5.

8. There's no F.C. Inter Milan.
See No. 5.

9. It's the fourth big friendly in a year.

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If there were four Justin Bieber concerts in St. Louis in twelve months, would each one really be packed with screaming fans? Well, maybe. But still. We're not saying St. Louis is too spoiled to appreciate this World Cup preview, but it's hard to stay excited for four once-in-a-lifetime events in a row.

10. Everyone is focused on baseball.
We don't know if you've heard, but Ballpark Village has a new dress code...

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No one's ready to write off St. Louis' next big soccer match quite yet. Nye says tickets went on sale earlier for this game than for previous ones.

"I think the expectation is that a large majority of these tickets are going t be sold within a short window leading up to the game," Nye tells Fox Sports.

If you want to buy tickets to the May 30 game against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ivory Coast at the Edward Jones Dome, log on to the Road to Brazil website.

"Because of the success St. Louis had last year with supporting not one, but three matches, I think that really helped us beat out some other more likely markets to host this match," Bye tells Fox Sports. "And with that as a backdrop, we expect it to be successful and we need the word out that, yes, tickets are available and very affordable and reasonably priced."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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21 comments
Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Only Bosnians care about this. Truly.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Maybe we should have hosted the Deportation Match between USA and Mexico

Stu Katz
Stu Katz

Maybe only Bosnians and immigrants from the Ivory Coast give a snot about the game.

Ryan Witt
Ryan Witt

Tickets are too damn expensive. When the first two friendlies came around, I was so excited to actually get some pro soccer in the Lou, I payed the price without flinching. Now that the hype has settled, I'm just going to wait until they are cheaper.

Sam Houston
Sam Houston

Maybe USA should have played Bosnia then it would have sold out

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Congratulations RFT. You didn't play the race card on this one.

Phillip McClure
Phillip McClure

I heard about it once before, but nothing since. Guess the is why no one knows anything about it.

Nicholas Frisella
Nicholas Frisella

The media coverage and promotion of this game is nothing compared to the last three. This is the first time I've heard about the match! Were they hoping the Bosnian community would single handily promote this by word of mouth or am I just not paying attention?

Colin Feeney
Colin Feeney

Did you ask everyone in the whole area? Probably not.

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

I'm buying one as soon as the prices are going down. WTF last time I checked it was $500. I'd be cheaper and better to just go to Europe for a month and see 5-6 games.

Chris Westfall
Chris Westfall

Ticket sales are slow because it's Bosnia-Ivory Coast. If STL had their own team, this wouldn't be a debate. Soccer would be hugely popular!

D.c. Small
D.c. Small

So you're saying that St Louis is a fair weather soccer city?

David Bee
David Bee

Ticket sales are slow because nobody cares about soccer.

Hjasic
Hjasic

Maybe we all should learn how to ignore rednecks like you.

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