Friday 18 May 2012

Villa Park to host season curtain-raiser

Man City v Chelsea FA Community Shield match moved from Wembley to avoid Olympic clash

Villa Park will host The FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea in August

The traditional curtain-raiser to the Barclays Premier League season, The FA Community Shield, will be held at Villa Park in August.

The fixture, which features the Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City against The FA Cup winners Chelsea, will be hosted at Aston Villa's ground on Sunday, August 12th.

The match is moving from its traditional home of Wembley Stadium as the London venue is hosting the Olympic Games football final the day before.

"Villa Park is one of English football's most iconic grounds"
- Alex Horne

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner told Villa's website: "All football fans will know that Villa Park is an iconic stadium with wonderful facilities and a rich heritage of staging England internationals, FA Cup semi-finals and big-occasion games."

He added: "We are confident that Villa Park will provide a great stage for what I'm sure will be an entertaining start to the new season, a new season that we are all excited about and looking forward to."

Alex Horne, the general secretary of the Football Association, said the near-43,000 capacity venue was perfect for the match.

He said: "Villa Park is one of English football's most iconic grounds and has a wonderful tradition of hosting some of the game's biggest matches, including 16 England internationals and 55 FA Cup semi-finals.

"Once we knew the Olympic football schedule, we worked hard to secure a suitable alternative venue for The FA Community Shield 2012."

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa to host The FA Community Shield on August 12th
  • Manchester City take on Chelsea in traditional pre-season contest
  • Match moved from Wembley because of Olympic Games football final