As was the case leading up to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game — the other marquee South Florida sporting event this month — seats are still available days before Saturday’s ballyhooed FC Barcelona-Real Madrid match at Hard Rock Stadium.
But as of the start of this week, it would cost you at least $229 to snag even one of the worst seats for the match.
Organizers of the event said a “few thousand seats” remain unsold but expect a sellout by Saturday. The stadium seats just more than 76,000.
Tickets available on elclasico.com and ticketmaster.com start at $250 and go as high as $4,500 (club level).
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On the secondary market, lots of tickets are available on stubhub.com, starting at $230 for upper end zone, $235 for upper corners, $250 for upper sidelines, $294 for lower end zone and $400 for lower sideline.
A much cheaper option: Attending practices for both teams Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium, with those tickets starting as low as $30 on Stubhub.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes are dispatching 25 reporters to South Florida and will have extensive coverage in the days leading up to the match.
Among the highlights:
▪ Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman call the match live on ESPN at 7:55 p.m. Saturday, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30.
▪ ESPN Deportes also will broadcast the match live, with Fernando Palomo and Hugo Sanchez on the call. That ESPN Deportes broadcast will be simulcast on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m., with ESPN Deportes’ coverage starting at 7:30.
▪ On radio, ESPN Deportes will carry the game, with Jorge Ramos and Hernan Pereyra on the call.
▪ The match also will be streamed live on the ESPN app.
▪ Hannah Storm and Max Bretos will anchor the coverage by “SportsCenter” from Miami beginning on Wednesday.
▪ Some other ESPN highlights in the days leading up to the match: On Wednesday night editions of “SportsCenter,” Toni Collins previews the Paris Saint-Germain-Juventus International Champions Cup match with former Venezuelan National Team player Alejandro Moreno.
On Friday, Storm, Bretos and Collins will host “SportsCenter” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. live from Hard Rock Stadium during open practices for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
▪ Throughout the week, ESPN FC on TV, its daily 30-minute soccer show, will air at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2 with re-airs on ESPNEWS at 6 p.m. Collins and ESPN FC analyst Alejandro Moreno will report from Miami on Monday through Wednesday.
ESPN FC then will originate from Bayfront Park, site for El Clasico Miami Fan Fest (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.), on Thursday, with Bretos anchoring. And ESPN’s Sebastian Salazar will host ESPN FC from Hard Rock Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
▪ On Saturday, ESPN will air a one-hour special edition of ESPN FC previewing the Barcelona-Real Madrid game live from the Hard Rock Stadium at 5 p.m.
▪ ESPN Deportes’ Saturday afternoon coverage includes “SportsCenter on the Road” from 2 to 5 p.m., “Futbol Center” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and “Fuera de Fuego” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Soccer legends and ESPN Deportes analysts Mario Kempes, 1978 FIFA World Cup champion, and Hugo Sanchez, former Real Madrid player and Mexican National Team star, will be featured extensively on ESPN Deportes studio shows, which will originate from Bayfront Park (Thursday-Friday) and from the Hard Rock Stadium (Friday-Saturday).