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Charlotte soccer match declared Extraordinary Event

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    Milan forward Mario Balotelli (45) takes a pass in front of Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, rear, during the second half of a soccer match in the first round of the Guinness International Champions Cup, at Heinz Field on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Manchester City won 5-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Steven Gerrard #8 of Liverpool carries the ball against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup 2014 at Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Charlotte city officials have declared Saturday’s soccer match at Bank of America Stadium an extraordinary event, saying tens of thousands of fans will be in the area for the match and two other events nearby.

Extraordinary event designation gives Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and city officials more control over the types of items that can be brought into the area.

City Manager Ron Carlee said more than 60,000 tickets have been sold for the match, which pits Liverpool of the English Premier League against AC Milan of Italy’s Serie A league.

In addition, Carlee said, about 20,000 fans are expected to attend the International Champions Cup Sponsor Festival from 4 to 6:30 p.m. near Bank of America Stadium. And several thousand children and family members are expected to attend Students Working to Achieve Greatness, a back-to-school event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BB&T BallPark.

“Although there is currently no known intelligence regarding threats for the game or related events, there is a general security threat due to recent world developments, large crowds with public access, and the potential for harm to take place during an international sporting event,” city officials said in an official statement.

South Mint Street will be closed from West Morehead Street to the Graham-Stonewall intersection from 10 a.m. until about 10 p.m.

And, officials said, large amounts of pedestrian traffic are expected near BB&T BallPark for the back-to-school event.

The extraordinary event area is inside a corridor of West Carson Boulevard, South Cedar Street, West Trade Street and South Tryon Street.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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