Chelsea and Wrexham to host open training at WakeMed Soccer Park
Friday, May 19, 2023, 2pm
Event Will Be Held July 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park; Tickets Go on Sale May 23; Clubs Will Play in Sold-Out Friendly at Kenan Stadium July 19
ON BEHALF OF FC SERIES MEDIA RELATIONS:
CARY, N.C. — Chelsea and Wrexham will host an open training session at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., on the evening of Tuesday, July 18, Unified Events announced. The event precedes a sold-out FC Series friendly between the clubs at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday, July 19.
Wrexham’s training session is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, with Chelsea following at approximately 6:30. Tickets to the Tuesday open training include both sessions and start at $15. Event presales will begin Monday, May 22. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 23, at FCSeries.com.
WakeMed Soccer Park, the site of the open training, features a 10,000-seat stadium and is the home of the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC of the USL. The 150-acre campus — opened in 2002 and renovated in 2012 — includes seven fields and will serve as Chelsea FC's training grounds in North Carolina.
The “Wrexham Red Dragons,” a team composed of club legends and other personalities, will also compete at WakeMed Soccer Park June 1-4 as part of The Soccer Tournament, a 32-team, winner-take-all, 7-on-7 competition with a $1 million top prize.
The full club, owned by American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, will then train at Dorrance Field at the University of North Carolina leading up to the FC Series exhibition.
Earlier this month, Unified Events and Florida Citrus Sports announced that the July 19 match between Chelsea and Wrexham had officially sold out, reaching full capacity at Kenan Stadium within four days of going on sale.
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Founded in 1905, Chelsea is London's most central football club, based at the iconic 41,000-capacity Stamford Bridge stadium. Nicknamed 'The Blues', the club won its second UEFA Champions League title in 2021 and has also won the Premier League five times, the FA Cup eight times, the Football League Cup five times, the UEFA Europa League twice, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup twice, the UEFA Super Cup twice, the Football League Championship once, and most recently the FIFA Club World Cup in 2022.
Founded in 1864, the "Red Dragons" are one of the oldest football teams in the world and currently compete in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. In 2020, Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) purchased the team. Last week, the club secured promotion back to the English Football League for the first time since 2008. The club and its owners are the subjects of the hit docuseries "Welcome to Wrexham," produced by Boardwalk Pictures.
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Sam Gardner (FC Series)
Jake Levy (North Carolina Football Club)