A team from Spanish soccer league La Liga
will go head-to-head against a team from Mexico's Liga MX
at the Wednesday, July 29, Basque Soccer Friendly at Boise State University's Albertsons Stadium. La Liga MX is the top-ranked soccer league in North America.
Though the Basque Soccer Friendly had planned to host a Major League Soccer team to play against the La Liga team, MLS had a scheduling conflict: its AT&T All-Star Game is happening in Denver, Colo., also on July 29. According to BSF media contact Argia Beristain Dougherty, MLS reached out to Liga MX to send a team to Boise to compete against the La Liga team.
Bringing La Liga to Boise has been in the works since 2010, when Mayor Dave Bieter met with Basque leaders who had come from Spain to celebrate Jaialdi
, the huge Basque festival celebrated in Boise every five years.
"It was too good an idea to pass up," Dougherty said.
Since then, Bieter and his brother, Boise State University history professor Dr. John Bieter, have worked with Basque groups in and outside of Boise to bring La Liga to the City of Trees for the BSF, which is part of the upcoming Jaialdi 2015, happening Tuesday, July 28-Sunday, Aug. 2.
Dougherty said Liga MX and La Liga are finalizing broadcasting arrangements for the match, which is set to take place at Albertsons Stadium. While time and ticket cost are also still being confirmed, the match is expected to begin at 7 p.m. and tickets should cost $40-$90 for general seating, $140-$250 for suites. These and other details are expected to be finalized by the time tickets go on sale in mid-April.