Eagles to take on Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium

Eagles to take on Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium

World Class Rugby Returns to Houston for an International Test Match Between USA & Ireland on Saturday, June 8, 2013

HOUSTON (January 23, 2013)—International Rugby Returns to Houston This Summer! The U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, The Eagles, will host Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facility (www.bbvacompassstadium.com), on Saturday, June 8, 2013, as one of the only international matches being held in the U.S. this year. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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“We have established a great foundation for rugby in Houston with our previous match between the USA and Italy last year, welcoming a record-setting crowd of 18,000 people,” said USA Rugby President and CEO, Nigel Melville. “With the success of that game, we are pleased to return to Houston with another highly-anticipated international match, this time welcoming Ireland and their fans.”

This match up offers rugby fans a great opportunity to witness Ireland, a Tier 1 nation currently ranked 6th in world, battle on American soil against The Eagles, who are currently ranked 16th. The teams have previously faced off in 2009 and again in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand; both matches resulted in victory for Ireland. The U.S. Men’s National Team will be seeking a long-awaited win as they face off again in Houston.

“We are pleased to host our third international rugby match at BBVA Compass Stadium and welcome the U.S. Men’s National Team back to Houston,” said BBVA Compass Stadium general manager Doug Hall. “It is our goal to provide rugby fans, as well as the teams, with a unique and memorable experience including a pre-game fan fest for this game. Houston has proven that it’s fast becoming a rugby town and we are thrilled to be a part of that growth and development.”

Tickets for the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles vs. Ireland test match will go on-sale beginning Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m., and will be available online at www.axs.com or www.bbvacompassstadium.com or by calling 888-929-7849. Tickets are also available at the Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices start at $20. Group tickets will be available beginning Monday, January 28 to groups of 10 or more by calling 713-547-3055.

About USA Rugby

Founded in 1975, USA Rugby is an official member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Rugby Board (IRB). The organization has approximately 90,000 members and is responsible for the development of the boys, girls, high school, collegiate and club rugby programs, and ultimately all of the national teams representing the U.S. in international competitions. The current structure of USA Rugby comprises seven Territorial Unions (TU) and 34 Local Area Unions (LAU) that compete for regional and National Championships. USA Rugby's national headquarters is located in Boulder, Colo., and is run by full-time staff under the direction of current CEO and President of Rugby Operations Nigel Melville.

About BBVA Compass Stadium

BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the new stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.

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Comments (19)

  • Guest (Munster 1923)

    While it's great to see Ireland over here playing the Eagles, I can't help but think how it might have been a better choice hosting the game a bit closer to major Irish populations in the US, New York, Boston, Chicago etc.
    Especially considering the weather in Houston in June.

  • Guest (here in New England)

    In reply to: Guest (Munster 1923)

    My thoughts exactly. A few years back USA was playing games in Hartford, CT against Wales, Munster and France. I think any place in the Northeast would have been better since the Irish population is up there.

  • Guest (Seamus)

    Houston is the fast becoming a major rugby supporters city. It is fantastic that
    we can sell so many tickets to a USA Rugby match. GO EAGLES!

  • Guest (JenC)

    and yet the Houston area sold out USA v Italy ... not near NY or Chicago where there are or historically have been large Italian populations so I'm SURE we can sell out USA v Ireland! Houston has a good amount of pubs! There are people here who just want to enjoy the sport... WAY TO GO HOUSTON!!! I'll be there...will you?

  • Guest (Tito)

    This is the USA, we play our games in the USA all around the USA, so suck it up!

  • Guest (Rachel Gaffney)

    As a native Irish woman living in Dallas, I am thrilled. Rugby is growing quite rapidly in the U.S and indeed in North Texas. Remember it's not just for the Irish...! It's for rugby fans! I attend other internationals too, for the love of the game. Good luck to both sides. Can't wait.

  • Guest (Niall McCorkell)

    In reply to: Guest (Rachel Gaffney)

    Well said Rachel, look me up on Facebook and get in touch, I live in Houston and I'll be at the game with the wifey and a few Irish friends / Irish Wannabes... We Plan to make a day of it, get involved!

  • Guest (Mike the Tiger)

    Rugby is winning the marketing battle versus soccer in the fourth largest city in the US. We have a large contingent of British expats here due to the oil industry. Hopefully we can fill BBVA and grow the sport in the local area.

  • Guest (Quauhtli (NC))

    Anyone know if the match is being televised by anyone? It would be cool to watch even for those of us that can't attend.

  • Guest (Hooch)

    In reply to: Guest (Quauhtli (NC))

    I would to know as well. I have not found any info on this...if you want people to come out in person they need to see it on TV first...its great that we can draw so many in person but USA rugby should be pushing this hard to be broadcast so we can get new people into the the sport and then put 80k in a stadium like they do into tier 1

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