All Blacks Headed to Chicago’s Soldier Field

SoldierFieldThe 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.

  • Michelle

    Please keep me updated on when tickets are available for the rugby game between New Zealand and US, scheduled tentatively for November 1, 2014

  • Doug Lyons

    Is USAR assured a reasonable percentage of the gate? It’s nice to give the All Blacks their million dollars but USAR could use a few bucks too.

  • marsha morgan

    please let us know when tickets are available, for all blacks vs us eagles. november 1st 2014 game. or any other info pertaining to this game. thank you

  • Sue

    How do I find out if this is happening and when to purchase tickets? I pray this happens! To me this would be as big or bigger than front row seats at the Super Bowl! I can’t wait!

  • Michael Thomas

    please let me know when i can purchase tickets its about time the all blacks came to the us.

  • Zach M

    Would also like an update on tickets when possible.

  • Ben S

    I’d very much like an update on tickets and final confirmation as well. Love seeing rugby pick up popularity in the US.

  • Cally

    New Zealand already announced that the game will take place November 2 not 1

  • Jody

    Please keep me updated on when the tickets go on sale…cant wait. I went to Dublin, Ireland in November 2013 to watch the Allblacks vs Ireland. Was amazing!!!

  • Fantaztik Mamalimai

    Tickets will be on sale by the 16th unless you registered your email with team USA and you will be the first to know in June 1st.Good luck and will see you in Chicago.