Charlotte Hosts House Of Soccer Fan Festival At Romare Bearden Park – Full Schedule Announced
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.”
The updated House of Soccer schedule can be found below:
Friday, July 19
- 5:00 pm – Doors open with hosts The Cooligans, beats by DJ A-Minor, food trucks, Bud Light beer garden, soccer contests, gaming stations.
- 6:00 pm – Freestylers, featuring Indi & Skye Cowie & DJ Diveny exhibition, sounds by Hembree.
- 7:00 pm – All-Star match featuring:
- Head Coach of Team 1 – Heather O’Reilly
- Head Coach of Team 2 – Crystal Dunn
- Asst. Coach of All-Star Team 1 – Charlotte Hornets, Cody Zeller
- Arsenal legend – Ray Parlour
- USMNT / Greenville Triumph HC – John Harkes
- Former MLS pros – Wes Knight and Mike Harrington
- Freestylers – Indi and Skye Cowie and DJ Diveny
- Former pro / Creative Player Foundation, Daniel Araujo
- NFL / Former Panther – Kurt Coleman
- Panther Alumni – Charles Johnson
- Panther Alumni – Tre Boston
- Panther Alumni – Dwan Edwards
- Argentina National Team – Florencia Galarza
- 8:30 pm – Headliner performance by Grits & Biscuits.
Saturday, July 20
- 12:00 pm – Doors open with hosts The Cooligans, Fan Prep Zone, Freestyle clinics, soccer contests, gaming stations, food trucks and Bud Light beer garden.
- 2:00 pm – The Creative Player Foundation clinic with special guest Megan Rapinoe.
- 3:30 pm – Special performance by singer, songwriter, Walker Hayes.
- 4:00 pm – Fan Prep Zone face painting and body marbling in team colors.
- 4:30 pm – Special Appearance (To Be Announced!)
- 5:00 pm – Supporters March to the Arsenal vs. ACF Fiorentina match at Bank of America Stadium
- 6:00 pm – Arsenal vs. ACF Fiorentina match at Bank of America Stadium