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FedExField, located on the East Coast of the United States — just outsideWashington, DC in Landover, Maryland — isset to play host to an intruguing international football matchup when FC Barcelona square off with Chelsea FC on 28 July in the International Champions Cup.With an official capacity79,000, the stadium has the fourth most seats in the NFL. FedExField can accomodate up to 6,000 more people in areas designated for standing-room only and with expanded seating options for concerts or other events.
While many professional sports stadiums, especially in the NFL, have moved to hybrid playing surfaces featuring natural grass intertwined with artificial fibres to add strength and durability, FedExField has a completely natural sod pitch of Latitude 36 Bermuda Grass — a modern development incorporating special characteristics that make it not only functional and able to withstand both very hot summers and bitterly cold winters but also aesthetically pleasing.
As for the game that Americans call 'soccer,' FedExFieldhas been the scene of several high-profile games over its relatively short history. In the 1999 FIFA Women'sWorld Cup, six matches — four in the group stageand twoin the quarter-finals — were held there.The lasttime football was played at FedExField wason 28March of thisyear whenArgentina, led by LionelMessiandJavierMascherano — neither of whom played a singleminute that day —fell to ElSalvador2–0 in an international friendly.
FC Barcelona played at FedExField during their lastNorth American tourin the summer of2011. Just a few months after defeating Manchester United in the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium in London, England, the Red Devils got their revenge, defeating the Catalans in Landover by a score of 2–1.
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