Big economic impact expected from U.S. soccer game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- $5 million.

That's how much of a direct impact Saturday's U.S. soccer game is expected to have on Jacksonville's economy, according to the City of Jacksonville.

About 50,000 tickets have been sold to people in 45 states, three U.S. territories and six foreign countries. The previous record for a soccer match in Jacksonville was just over 44,000 when the men's team played Scotland in 2012 and the economic impact is expected to be greater as well. More than 26,000 tickets were bought outside of Jacksonville.

The U.S. team takes the field against Nigeria at 6 p.m.

And all these people are expected to pack downtown.


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