Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 Hong Kong
- 31 May 2013 10:20
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 in Hong Kong are on sale to the general public.
The only Premier League-affiliated competition to be held outside England, the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 will feature Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and South China, the 2012/13 champions of the Hong Kong First Division League.
The four team knock-out tournament will take place over two match days on Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 July 2013, with a Final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place. All matches will take place in the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium and on both dates there will be two matches played:
- Wednesday 24 July 2013
- Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Kick-off 6.00pm (11am BST)
- Manchester City v South China Kick-off 8.30pm (1.30pm BST)
- Saturday 27 July 2013
- 3rd v 4th play-off Kick-off 6.00pm (11am BST)
- Final Kick-off 8.30pm (1.30pm BST)
There are two different pricing structures for the two evenings and the prices in Hong Kong dollars are:
Wednesday 24 July 2013
- Category A $500 (£42)
- Category B $350 (£30)
- Category C $300 (£25)
- Category D $250 (£21)
- Student & Senior Citizen $150 (£13)
Saturday 27 July 2013
- Category A $600 (£51)
- Category B $450 (£38)
- Category C $400 (£34)
- Category D $300 (£25)
- Student & Senior Citizen $200 (£17)
Tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2013 will be available to purchase through Cityline, the official ticketing agency of the Barclays Asia Trophy, through the following sources:
- Online at www.cityline.com
- Cityline telephone booking hotline – 00 852 2111 5333 (10:00am to 8:00pm daily, Hong Kong time)
- Cityline and Tom Lee Music Outlets in Hong Kong
Tickets sold are per match day and each daily ticket gains the purchaser entrance to both matches on that day. It is not possible to buy a combined ticket for both days.
The Club will receive a limited number of tickets for sale to supporters in the UK. Further details on how to buy will be published at www.mcfc.co.uk soon.
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: "We can't wait to return to Hong Kong because it is a fantastic setting for the Barclays Asia Trophy. Last time in 2011 was our best ever tournament and a key factor in that was the atmosphere created by the fans in the packed Hong Kong Stadium. So that's why, again, we have made the tournament accessible and affordable over the two days. We want as many supporters as possible to enjoy the Premier League experience.
“The Barclays Premier League season has just ended but we can't wait for the next one to start because it promises to be so exciting. We've never had a situation where the teams in the top three all have new managers the next season, so the 2013/14 season is going to be unpredictable. And the Barclays Asia Trophy is the perfect curtain raiser for that drama because we have three teams who play exciting football.”
Mark Sutcliffe, CEO of the Hong Kong Football Association Limited, added: “The HKFA is proud and honoured to be hosting the 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy. When the event was in Hong Kong in 2011 it was hugely popular and a very exciting tournament.
“The 2013 competition promises to be even more entertaining. To have two of the top five teams in, arguably the best league in the world, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, playing in Hong Kong is a rare privilege. The third team, Sunderland, will also be a big draw with their passionate new manager. Football in Hong Kong is undergoing a revival at present and we look forward to our league winners South China testing themselves against some of the best players to have ever pulled on a football shirt. It will be a good barometer of how far we have progressed in recent times, as well as being a real thrill for local fans.
“The HKFA is particularly pleased that over 26,000 tickets per match day will be available for general public sales. It is important to us that these showcase matches are accessible. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with the Barclays Premier League and the British Council on a good causes programme and Premier Skills initiatives. It means, as well as being a fantastic event in itself, the Barclays Asia Trophy will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Hong Kong.”
One manager who knows what it is like to win the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong is Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas. He won the 2011 tournament with his previous club, Chelsea. He takes over a Spurs side that triumphed in the 2009 Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing, so there is winning pedigree in the ranks of the North London men.
The Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach is looking forward to returning to Hong Kong: “The Barclays Asia Trophy lets you step up a level in terms of opposition because of the teams involved in it. It gives us the opportunity to go abroad and continue our preparation with good facilities. I’ve been involved before with Chelsea, and I think it’s an excellent tournament and it’s something that we’re looking forward to going to,” said Villas-Boas.
“It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to meet and greet and engage fans that are in Asia, especially as it is difficult for them to come across and see our games. But the Barclays Premier League has become such a powerful product worldwide and touching the emotions of people there is important.”
This is also a second appearance in the Barclays Asia Trophy for Manchester City, having previously been in the 2005 tournament. City captain Vincent Kompany is also delighted to return to Hong Kong but says they won’t just be going there as tourists.
The Belgian international said: “With the interest in social media now, whether it is Twitter of Facebook is global, people all over the world are involved in the Barclays Premier League. It’s very important that we can go and represent the colours of Manchester City abroad. It’s sort of an adventure for us: we travel to different places and we meet a lot of different cultures, so it’s an experience in itself. But that is always good for team building and the Barclays Asia Trophy is a very important part in how we prepare for the new season.”
Debutants Sunderland are the 15th Premier League team to feature in the Barclays Asia Trophy debut and the tournament has significance for manager Paolo Di Canio ahead of his first full season in the Barclays Premier League:
“We are going to play very important games that give us the opportunity to test ourselves at the top level. There are many people who don’t have a chance to watch top level football, and the fact that every summer Premier League clubs go that area of the world gives hundreds of thousands a chance to see them. This is why the Barclays Asia Trophy is important.
“I expect a lot of enthusiasm because I know that Asian people are mad for football, they love football. And the fact that three English clubs will be there, they’re going to follow this tournament with interest. Hong Kong is a fantastic modern city. Premier League football is well known around the world, and Asia is one of the most important places.”
Steven Lo, Chairman, South China FC, added "It has been South China’s pleasure to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy again after 4 years since 2009, it is especially meaningful to South China fans that we can meet our club partner Tottenham Hotspur again in the match here, not to mention the much expected top Premier League teams Manchester City and Sunderland in Hong Kong."
The Ticket Office and Supporter Services Team are available Monday - Saturday, 9am to 5:30pm (closed Sunday & Bank Holiday). Please call +44 161 444 1894 (option 1, option 3).
All tickets are sold subject to availability and are issued subject to Manchester City Football Club Limited’s away match terms and conditions of sale, and the applicable ground regulations of the Hong Kong National Stadium.