The oil rich city in eastern texas, Houston has been confirmed as the setting for the USA Eagles home international this coming June vs Italy. The match will be played at the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday June 23rd just one month after the official opening of the venue in May. It will be Italy´s third match of an Americas tour that month after having already faced Argentina and Canada. The UAS will have already faced both Canada in Kingston, Ontario and Georgia at a yet to be confirmed venue before hosting the Italians. It is to be the second match between the country´s in as many years with Italy defeating Italy 27-10 in Nelson as part of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. The clash in last years World Cup saw Italy demolish the USA up front with the Europeans´ scrum being paricularly impressive.
The BBVA Compass Stadium will be a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opening in May 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium will be the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the new stadium will be a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.
Source: USA Rugby