Big House to become 'Casa Grande' for soccer game Saturday

Big House to become 'Casa Grande' for soccer game Saturday
August 1, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Big House? Try "La Casa Grande."

Michigan Stadium will see a different kind of football this weekend, when international soccer powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester United meet in a friendly. And, because it's the Big House, of course attendance records will likely be shattered.

The 109,000 fans expected for Saturday's game will be an all-time high for a soccer game in the U.S.

This will be the second time this season that Michigan Stadium will break an attendance record in a sport other than football, with the first being the Winter Classic on New Year's Day. That game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs saw more than 105,000 fans in the seats in the snow in January. That was an all-time high for an NHL game.

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One of the fans who will be taking in the game Saturday will be Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who was posting pictures on Twitter all day Friday, including a shot of him and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.