Organisers and sponsors of the Dubai Football Challenge say they are ready to welcome 2013-14 Uefa Champions League winners, Real Madrid and 18-time international title winners, AC Milan along with thousands of fans for what will be an unforgettable evening of football and fun at Dubai Sevens Stadium on December 30.
Six official match sponsors in Gold, Silver, Bronze and supporting categories have been confirmed. Gold sponsors of the match include National Bank of Abu Dhabi, DU and Go Fast. Silver sponsorship is held by Marka, while Toyo Tires has been confirmed as bronze sponsor. Sporting giant Adidas has also been confirmed as an official supporting sponsor.
With kick off at 20:00 (16:00 GMT) and doors closing at 19:30 (15:30 GMT) sharp, Dubai Football Challenge organisers’, Dubai Tourism and Emirates Airline are strongly encouraging guests to arrive early at the Dubai Sevens Stadium to reserve their preferred seats. With gates open at 3pm, the semi-final and final of Inter-School Championship, featuring Dubai’s finest school football talent will take place ahead of the grand kick-off. A match Village, complete with a variety of food options and entertainment program, will also be open from 15:00 (11:00 GMT) for all fans to enjoy.
To ensure an enjoyable experience for all, organisers are also strongly encouraging fans to leave their cars at home and use one of the 80 RTA shuttle buses available for fans. Departing between 15:00 to 18:30, the shuttle buses will be available from four Dubai Metro Stations, while return buses will be available from 21:00 at the Sevens Stadium:
- Shuttles to Dubai Football Challenge: Shuttle buses will depart every 30 minutes from the Dubai Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre and Ibn Battuta Metro Stations and every hour from the Etisalat station.
- Shuttles from Dubai Football Challenge: RTA shuttle buses will depart from The Sevens Stadium from 21:00 until midnight to the Dubai Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre and Ibn Battuta Metro Stations and every hour from the Etisalat station.
Showcasing the emirate’s emerging football talent and taking place ahead of the big match, the Inter-School Championship is the result of a month-long competition between five-a-side teams from ten Dubai Schools. On match-day, the top four teams will enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime chance to play prior to AC Milan and Real Madrid between 15:00 - 17:00, with each finalist acting as the junior team for the footballing giants. Several village activations, including a variety of food and beverage options, and a program of interactive entertainment will also be open from 15:00 onwards.
Gates at The Sevens Stadium will open to the general public who are in possession of an original Dubai Football Challenge ticket at 15:00. Organizers are also reminding guests that redeemable tickets are those that have been purchased directly from Time Out Tickets or Virgin Megastore and to avoid disappointment upon arrival, guests are encouraged not to purchase tickets from any unauthorized sellers for the sold-out event. All fans will be required to bring printed versions of their tickets and valid IDs with them to ensure access as they will need to be scanned upon entry to the stadium. All tickets are non-transferrable; expiring once scanned. Confirmation emails or similar do not function as entrance tickets.
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