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July
Ample opportunities for public to see Real Madrid in action

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In addition to the exciting match on August 8 at the Hong Kong Stadium, members of the public, including Hong Kong's aspiring youths who participate in football training schemes as well as the socially disadvantaged, will have opportunities to see the Real Madrid in action, Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Alan Siu Yu-bun, said today (June 30).

A training session of Real Madrid will be held on August 7 in the Hong Kong Stadium and about 10,000 audience will be able to view the session free.

The attendants will include participants to the children and youth football training schemes, clients of the Social Welfare Department (SWD), such as SARS victims, night drifters, youths outreached by SWD and the disabled.

"Entry tickets will be distributed through SWD and Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and no queuing for tickets is necessary," Mr Siu said.

"Talented youth football trainees will also have the golden opportunity to train together with the football stars of Real Madrid," he noted.

If tickets are sold out for the match, LCSD plans to arrange a large TV to broadcast the match live at the Mongkok Stadium. The venue will be able to admit 9,000 spectators and entry will be free.

"This will provide members of the public another avenue to view the match in a stadium-like atmosphere," Mr Siu said.

The Hong Kong Football Association and the Tourism Board will also arrange the Real Madrid stars to visit Hong Kong's scenic spots to help promote tourism for Hong Kong.

"The visit of Real Madrid stars will send a strong message to the international community that Hong Kong has rebound from the impact of SARS and has re-established itself as Asia's World City for hosting major sport and cultural events," Mr Siu said.

Mr Siu also noted that well over 50 per cent of the tickets for the match on August 8 will be openly sold by the Hong Kong Football Association to the public. Some tickets will be sold to tourists through the Hong Kong Tourism Board to boost tourism.

Moreover, the Hong Kong Football Association will advance the selling of tickets to July 31 (Thursday). For those now queuing for tickets, toilet facilities and drinks vending machines in the Stadium are already open to them. Police are also present to maintain law and order.

End/Wednesday, July 30, 2003

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