The International Champions Cup announced that it will be making a two-year stop in Orlando at Camping World Stadium in the summers of 2017 and 2018, and it makes perfect sense.
In its four-year history, the ICC has focused on a core of American cities that includes -- naturally -- some of the country's largest markets, such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The ICC also always seems to get games in the Bay Area (whether at AT&T Park or Levi's Stadium), Charlotte (Bank of America Stadium), and Minneapolis (newly built U.S. Bank Stadium), with a recent focus on massive college football venues such as Michigan Stadium and Ohio Stadium, which boast capacities of over 100,000.
While the event has been to the venue now known as Hard Rock Stadium in Miami twice before, it will finally be making its way north to the Soccer Capital of the South next summer.
With a thriving soccer market and a viable host venue in Camping World Stadium, it's a perfect match for the ICC. CWS, with a seating capacity of 65,500, happens to fall almost exactly on the average of the 27 American stadiums that have hosted ICC matches to date, which is 64,533. Orlando itself is a diverse market that will also bring the benefit of having tourists from around the world that will add to the demand of the local fans to see some of the world's biggest club teams take the pitch.
There's every reason to believe that Orlando will sell out CWS for its ICC matches in 2017 and 2018, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Campground join the regular ICC rotation of stadiums that includes venues such as the Rose Bowl, StubHub Center, MetLife Stadium, and Soldier Field, among others.
Average Size of ICC American Host Stadium: 64,533
Largest Host Venue: Michigan Stadium (109,901)
Smallest Venue: Avaya Stadium (18,000)
Most Frequented Host Stadiums: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J. (82,500); Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif. (92,542); SunLife Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla. (74,918); Solider Field – Chicago, Ill. (63,500); Levi's Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif. (68,500); FedEx Field – Landover, Md. (79,000); Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, Mich. (109,901); Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C. (74,455); StubHub Center – Carson, Calif. (27,000)