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Texas A&M hosts international soccer players at Kyle Field a month before kickoff

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Two international soccer players stopped by Kyle Field on Wednesday where they spoke with executives about their upcoming game at the stadium.

This is a friendly match on June 8 between the professional soccer teams of Brazil and Mexico as they prepare for the 2024 CONMEBOL Copa America tournament. It was a friendly event, although participants and legends Emerson da Rosa from Brazil and Pavel Pardo from Mexico were present. The friends told a group of media that their relationship changed when they took the field.

The event was hosted by MEXTOUR media representative Gabe Gabor, who talked about how this is more than just a game and compared it to the Super Bowl.

“We get people buying tickets from 30 different states. They drive in, make a weekend of it, 30 different states. Not to mention the different countries, and there will be fans watching Mexico from Mexico and Brazil from Brazil, so you have a real international and national event ahead of you. Plus, as the week progresses, you'll see that the game is only a small part of it. There's a fan festival that takes place outside, there are player appearances, autograph signings and things like that. So don't just think like it will take 90 minutes. It will be a whole event that will take place throughout the week,” he said.

This will be the first international soccer game that Kyle Field will host. It's not the only unique event taking place this summer or even June. A concert takes place just days after the teams leave town. Texas A&M athletic director Trev Alberts said hopefully this will become the norm.

“In all of college athletics, especially college football, an incredible amount of capital sits empty most of the time, except for seven Saturdays in the fall,” he said. “This is a Herculean task for our staff and then there's the fact that this isn't the only thing we're doing this summer. “The fact that you're doing any events that are outside the norm, and then several of them, is new for us. I really don't think this will be outside the norm not only here but in the rest of college athletics. We have to think differently, we have to think entrepreneurially and go beyond just the performance and opportunities of George Strait from a sales perspective. I think that the focus on excellence and the way our brand and our students and young people view our institution brings additional benefits. This is a big deal for us.”

Tickets for the football game are available here. Tickets for George Strait can be found here.

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