[See media advisory on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Aug. 3 visit with the Real Madrid team at UCLA.]
In what is becoming a summer tradition, Real Madrid, one of the most successful soccer teams in history, will be training for the third consecutive year at UCLA’s North Athletic Field from July 29 through Aug. 7.
Real Madrid’s team includes some of the biggest names in soccer, including forward Cristiano Ronaldo – one of the most popular and highest paid soccer players in the world – as well as midfielder Kaká and defender and vice captain Sergio Ramos, among many other world-renowned players.
UCLA’s pristine fields and top-notch athletic facilities have become a destination for European soccer teams ever since English club Chelsea trained at UCLA in 2005.
UCLA offers Real Madrid a private facility that allows the team to prepare for the upcoming season, said Richard Mylin, associate director of UCLA Cultural and Recreational Affairs. "Our facilities are unrivaled in Los Angeles and all of Southern California," he added.
Real Madrid’s visit is part of the team’s preseason training, which will include games against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 2 at the Home Depot Center, Santos Laguna on Aug. 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, AC Milan on Aug. 8 at Yankee Stadium in New York, and Celtic FC on Aug. 11 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The team’s press conferences, some of which will take place at UCLA’s J.D. Morgan Center for Intercollegiate Athletics, will be open to credentialed media, according to a team representative.
A team representative said that, unlike previous years, some of the training sessions will be open to fans and previously credentialed media. Information about which training sessions will be open to the media or fans, and for how long, will be posted each day on Real Madrid’s website: www.realmadrid.com. Please note: Press credentialing for all matches and training sessions is now closed.
Fans and media planning to come to UCLA should park in parking structures 4 or 7. Satellite news trucks or vans should park curbside in the turnaround adjacent to the James West Alumni Center. A UCLA campus map is available at http://ucla.edu/map.