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Lucas Oil Stadium hosts Guinness International Champions Cup Soccer

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Crews are getting Lucas Oil Stadium ready not for football but for soccer.

Workers were laying grass sod over the stadium's concrete floor this week in preparation for the Guinness International Champions Cup Soccer. It took nearly 36 hours to lay grass to cover the stadium floor.

European soccer powerhouses Chelsea FC and Inter Milan are competing in the inaugural Cup at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday at 8:00 pm.

For soccer fans, the match is a big deal. The professional soccer championships are being played in the biggest cities, including New York and Los Angeles. Miami is hosting the finals.

The match is hosted by Indianapolis's new soccer team Indy Eleven.

"Indy was picked because of its history of supporting big events, like the Super Bowl and the Final Four," said Peter Wilt, president of Indy Eleven.

Wilt also hopes the game will get Indiana soccer fans excited to support their new team.

"The game is really important to making Indy Eleven relevant to the general fan and soccer fan. It puts in context what we are able to do for the community," he said.

Wilt won't say, however, exactly how many tickets have been sold for Thursday's match.

Since the soccer field is larger than a football field, field-level seats normally filled for Colts games won't be sold. VIP tickets on the floor cost $250 each and include a "party on the pitch" after the game.

After the game, the sod will be donated to the City of Greenwood to build their own soccer field in the city's park.

Tickets range in price from $33 up to $253 and can be bought at the Lucas Oil Stadium Ticket Office or through Ticketmaster locations.

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