Thousands fill uptown Charlotte for international soccer match

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Thousands come uptown for international soccer match. (WSOC-TV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fans began to fill uptown Charlotte on Saturday afternoon ahead of the Liverpool FC and AC Milan soccer match.

WSOC-TV reported that the match was designated as an extraordinary event.

The designation declared by City Manager Ron Carlee allows police to designate areas where people won’t be allowed to carry backpacks and other items. The match will be held at Bank of America Stadium.

The match is part of the Guinness International Champions Cup, which is a tournament featuring eight of the world’s most recognizable soccer clubs: Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos.

Twelve round robin contests will be hosted across North America with matches in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Dallas and one additional city from July 24-Aug. 2.  The tournament will crown an overall champion Monday, Aug. 4 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.