Comerica Park appears set to host international soccer

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Big-time soccer appears headed for Comerica Park.

The Tigers sent out a media advisory Tuesday pumping up a "Major Global Event Announcement," scheduled to be made at noon Wednesday outside the ballpark.

The press release included a logo for the International Champions Cup, a series of soccer friendlies held around the globe in July and August.

Two French media outlets reported last month a match was scheduled for Detroit on July 19, with Paris Saint-Germain and Roma participating.

The match would kick off the 19-date schedule, with matches in the United States, China and Singapore.

Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor was host to the last two ICC matches in Michigan, drawing more than 100,000 fans for a match last year between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC.

The probable international match in Detroit comes as Pistons owner Tom Gores and Detroit billionaire booster Dan Gilbert are working together to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Detroit.

Opened in 2000, Comerica Park hasn't hosted any major sporting events outside baseball and hockey.

The Tigers are on a road trip the week of July 19, given organizers a couple days to set up the soccer field, and a few days afterward to turn the turf back to a baseball setting.