All Blacks Headed to Chicago’s Soldier Field
The rumored match between the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks is rumored to be finalized. The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the game will be played at Chicago’s Soldier Field the 1st weekend of November.
The issues that are holding up the official announcement are minor and believed to be well on the way to being resolved. The playing surface at Soldier Field will be modified to be the full rugby width. Regulation Rugby fields are 70 meters wide (230 ft) compared with the gridiron usually down at Soldier Field of 53.3 yards (160 ft).
USA Rugby was working to confirm that the Eagles players in Europe would be able to get player releases for the matchup and with the wheels moving forward this for the most part appears to have been resolved.
The New Zealand Rugby Union have been guaranteed a minimum $1 million payoff. This will work for USA Rugby with the sales of approximately 40,000 tickets and after some successful international test matches the last couple of years against other Tier 1 countries bringing the best Tier 1 in the world would be a huge move for the game in the U.S.
RugbyRugby’s Curtis Reed wrote about Why The All Blacks-Eagles Match Needs To Happen when rumors were first start to develop back in December of last year.
And for some confirmed news, USA Rugby announced today that the StubHub Center will host the Eagles’ IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Japan on Saturday, June 14.