Major League Soccer preps EverBank Field debut

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:04:33 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 04:33:53 PM EST

Major League Soccer will make its debut at EverBank Field on Feb. 15 when Philadelphia Union plays Montreal Impact in an exhibition match.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., with a youth clinic featuring players from both teams for the first 500 kids in attendance beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the Florida Blue Practice Fields.

“Our goal is to create an exciting, family-friendly experience to expand the City of Jacksonville’s sports and entertainment portfolio,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This debut match of our three-year agreement with the Philadelphia Union is another great step that we, as a city, are taking to generate buzz and bring new energy to the Downtown area.”

A limited number of field seats will be available for the game, starting at $150.  Fans will be able to purchase those tickets at or the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office.

“We are excited to announce Philadelphia Union’s opponent and look forward to a great match to wrap up a big week of soccer in Jacksonville,” said Sports & Entertainment Executive Director Alan Verlander.  “In working with the Union, we are able to offer this unique opportunity to the soccer fans of Jacksonville. It is a chance to be as close as possible to the action without being in the game.”

The premium seating experience for the match is the Field Pass for $150, but club seats are available for $21 and seats outside the club are on sale for $15.  Group tickets are available by calling the Arena box office at 904-630-3600.