Charlotte To Host House Of Soccer Fan Festival At Romare Bearden Park
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte has been picked to host this summer’s only House Of Soccer fan festival. The event will take place on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th in Romare Bearden Park and S.Mint Street in Uptown Charlotte ahead of the International Champions Cup game between the English Premier League’s Arsenal and Italian Serie A club, ACF Fiorentina. Kick off for that game is scheduled at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20th at Bank of America Stadium.
The announcement from Relevent Sports Group was made Tuesday afternoon during a news conference at Bank of America Stadium. It was also revealed that a first-of-its-kind deal between RSG and Bank of America Stadium has been made to bring the International Champions Cup to Charlotte for the next five years. This marks the first long-term deal between RSG and a host city, highlighting Charlotte’s commitment to bringing major soccer events to the Queen City and further paving the way for a possible MLS bid.
House of Soccer is an immersive pop-up experience bringing together the community, fans, clubs, artists and influencers to celebrate a common bond through their passion for soccer. House of Soccer will offer unique access to clubs, players, live entertainment, soccer fanatics and freestylers for fans to interact with the sport on multiple levels—as well as live music, skill zones, food trucks, a Bud Light Beer garden, gaming stations and a fan prep zone where soccer lovers can get game-ready with face paint, hair-braiding, and more. Singer/songwriter Walker Hayes will also be performing and the event will be MC’d by the “Soccer Cooligans.”
A schedule of events can be found below:
Friday, July 19
- 5:00 pm – Doors open with hosts, Soccer Cooligans, DJ beats, food trucks, Bud Light beer garden, soccer contests, gaming stations
- 6:00 pm – Freestyler performance and sounds by Hembree
- 7:00 pm – All-Star match featuring club legends, former MLS pros Wes Knight and Mike Harrington, Argentina National Team and football social impact leader Florencia Galarza and hometown favorites – the Hornets & Panthers
- 8:30 pm – Headliner performance by Grits & Biscuits
Saturday, July 20
- 12:00 pm – Doors open with hosts, Soccer Cooligans, Fan Prep Zone, Freestyle clinics, soccer contests, gaming stations, food trucks and Bud Light beer garden
- 3:00 pm – Special performance by country star, Walker Hayes
- 4:00 pm – Last chance to get your game face ready with face painting and body marbling in your team colors
- 5:00 pm – Supporters March to the Arsenal vs. ACF Fiorentina match at Bank of America Stadium