Monterrey’s expectations regarding the hypothetical visit of Lionel Messi – La Opinion

Monterrey’s expectations regarding the hypothetical visit of Lionel Messi – La Opinion

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The possible visit of the Argentine star Lionel Messi with Inter Miami to Monterrey next April in the Champions Cup quarterfinals, It will serve the city as a test for the 2026 Men’s World Cup.

“FIFA protocols have other implications because at the outset, for them to give you a ticket you need a Fan ID in which even passports are linked for foreigners, Concacaf does not ask for it; In that detail it will not be the same, but in the logistics to maintain order it will be similar,” the manager of the host city Monterrey for the 2026 World Cup, Everardo Valdez, explained to EFE.

Messi, who is recovering from an injury, made the duel between Inter Miami and the Rayados del Monterrey in the Champions Cup generate ua “never before seen” expectation for a soccer match in the cityaccording to Valdez.

The Rayados even held a press conference to inform about the procedure they will have the sale of tickets for the second leg of this series that will be in Monterreywhich in 2026 will be one of Mexico’s three World Cup venues, which will also be organized by the United States and Canada.

This despite the fact that Messi’s participation in the series has not yet been confirmed, which will be played in the first leg andOn April 3 in Miami and will close on the 10th of the same month at the BBVA Stadium.

“It will help us prepare for 2026 by having to maintain order, viability, accessibility and parking devices. All of this is going to be very similar in many ways to a highly demanding competition, like a World Cup.“added Valdez, who in addition to his position on the organizing committee of the Monterrey headquarters is the director of institutional relations for the Rayados.

The executive refused to reveal the possible economic impact that Messi’s arrival in Monterrey would generate, but reiterated that the expectation it has generated at the moment I had not seen her in any other Rayados duelwinner of five Concacaf Champions Cup titles.

“The most important thing in this historic match will be to take care the fan experience and everything that will be experienced before the game“We want to do something unique for a game like this,” he said.

Valdez revealed that since the Champions Cup draw was held and they saw the possibility of finding Miami on their side of the key, dThey designed a logistical plan for Messi’s possible arrival in Monterrey.

“We must pay special attention as an institution to all operational aspects, security, accessibility, exit, location of places and maintenance of order,” he added.

Although Messi is in doubt about traveling to Monterrey, The Argentine Gerardo Martino, coach of Inter, expressed that the rehabilitation of the world champion in Qatar 2022 is planned to have him ready against the Rayados.

Regarding what is missing from the BBVA Stadium, inaugurated in 2015 and one of the most modern in Mexico, to host the World Cup in 2026, there are three aspects: provision of more VIP spaces (for distinguished people), improving the press area and maintenance for court.

“We built the stadium thinking that at some point competitions like the World Cup could happen to live up to what might be required, that is why FIFA did not ask us for many modifications,” stated Valdez.

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