ST. LOUIS— Tickets for an exhibition soccer match featuring two of Europe’s biggest clubs at Busch Stadium sold out within minutes of going on sale Tuesday morning.
English soccer powers Manchester City and Chelsea will play on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event went on sale at 10 a.m. and 42,000 tickets were sold by about 10 minutes later.
Hundreds of people who bought tickets seemingly went to brokers, as they showed up on StubHub later in the day with greatly inflated prices.
As of Wednesday morning, the cheapest standing room only ticket was listed at $115.
The match marks the first professional, non-baseball sporting event hosted at the new Busch Stadium.
St. Louis has a long soccer heritage, but has been hurt in recent years because of the lack of an appropriate venue for big-time matches.
“We are honored to host this historic match,” Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said when the match was announced Friday. “This is a wonderful opportunity for St. Louisans to see some of the best soccer players in the world. We also look forward to showcasing the versatility of Busch Stadium as a multi-use sports venue.”
Manchester City, 2012 Premier League champions and winner of five Cup titles, returns to North America for the first time since their 2011 summer pre-season tour.
Chelsea FC, which became the first London team to win the Champions League last season, has four Premier League and seven FA Cup titles in its storied history.