Athletic Club To Return To Boise, Idaho On 25 July 2020

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Athletic celebrate Iker Muniain’s goal against Real Betis (LaLiga)

For the past few months Athletic have been working on a plan to return to Boise, Idaho where the largest group of Basque immigrants reside in the United States. The Lions last visited the area in the summer of 2015 where they played a friendly against Club Tijuana in front of nearly 22,000 fans. Next summer will be the celebration of Jaialdi, a festival for the Basque community that takes place every five years, and Athletic are expected to be there.

Jason Hamilton, the Head of Marketing for the game, has confirmed that it will take place on 25 July of next year. “It’s going to happen for sure”, said Hamilton. “At this point, we are exploring several options. We are exploring a multi-game format, with maybe an MLS team and two Basque teams. Or it could be the women’s teams.” The match will once again be played at Boise State’s football stadium although a contract hasn’t been finalized.

La Liga have already reached out with interest in promoting the game, explained Hamilton. All proceeds from the matches will go to Boise State’s Basque Studies program. More details will be provided as they are confirmed.

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