x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

UAE Embassy and Manchester City open football pitch in Chicago

Fourth pitch gifted to communities in United States after New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

A Manchester City football pitch has opened in Chicago after it was gifted to the city by the UAE Embassy in the United States.

The brand new UAE - Manchester City Field at Haas Park is a gift to the community by the UAE Embassy in Washington, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation and the famous British football club.

The opening was attended by Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and other officials. This is the fourth football pitch that the UAE Embassy and Manchester City have worked together to build and gift in the US.

Earlier this year, a field was established at The Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club in Miami, Florida, and at Lexington Academy in Harlem, New York City. In autumn last year, The Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles received a field at their facility. The Chicago field was built in partnership with the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation's Take the Field initiative.

"We are delighted to bring world-class soccer facilities to the Haas Park community today," said Ambassador Al Otaiba. "Establishing a first-rate field here in Chicago, along with Manchester City's commitment to a long-term coaching programme will positively impact the lives of many kids in this area."

The opening of the pitch was part of a public diplomacy outreach visit by Ambassador Al Otaiba in Chicago.