COLUMBUS, Ohio - Local ABC affiliate, WSYX, will broadcast a live, hour-long, local pre-game show leading up to the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game. The game, which will be played on July 30 at Columbus Crew Stadium at 3:30 p.m., will feature the best of MLS against Fulham FC of the English Premier League.
"We are extremely pleased that WSYX will be broadcasting a Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Special prior to the game," said Crew General Manager Mark McCullers. "ABC Sports' support, nationally and locally, demonstrates the significant value of soccer in our country."
The MLS All-Star Game pre-game special, presented by Sierra Mist, will be televised from 2:30-3:30 p.m. live and will lead into ABC's national broadcast of the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game. NewsCenter sports anchors Clay Hall and Anthony Rothman will host the show, along with Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch.
"NewsCenter is proud to welcome the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game to Columbus," said Dan Mellon, General Manager of WSYX ABC-6 and WTTE FOX-28. "We are excited to be a part of this event by providing Columbus viewers with a one-hour pre-game special on ABC-6 prior to the nationally televised game."
The 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game offers four levels of ticket pricing, ranging from $25 to $45 for individuals, and $17 to $30 for groups of 20 or more. Fans can purchase group and season ticket packages by contacting the Columbus Crew at (614) 447-2739; by logging onto the Tickets section of thecrew.com and by visiting Crew Stadium advance sales windows during all Columbus Crew home games. Individual tickets can also be purchased by calling TicketMaster - (614) 431-3600 (Columbus area) or online at www.ticketmaster.com and at all TicketMaster outlets.
Crew Stadium, the site of MLS Cup 2001, will host its second MLS All-Star Game since 2000. During All-Star Weekend, Sierra Mist and MLS will host numerous soccer-themed events, activities and tournaments at Crew Stadium and in the Columbus area. Check out www.MLSnet.com for more details.