Soccer Fans Pack Busch Stadium For English Match

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Soccer fans have been waiting for this day for a long time and you might say they are having a ball.

For many fans, this is a once in a lifetime event, the chance to see two of the best English teams play in St. Louis.

And even though they seemed to bring English weather with them, nothing here could dampen the spirit of the fans.

The game was a sell out the first hour of the first day tickets went on sale. For a lot of fans, it was standing room only.

People spent a lot of time standing in lines for souvenirs or the chance to pose with the Europe league trophy won earlier this month by Chelsea.

No matter where you are from, you have to be a hard core soccer fan to know some of these names. And if you do, you also might remember the name Bill Simos, in the 1960`s he played right wing for the St. Louis Stars.

There was a serious side of the game Thursday night, firefighters stood at the entrances collecting donations for victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Players paid tribute to them by wearing black arm bands.

But mostly this was all about getting their kicks, for both fans and the visiting teams.

We asked that British gentleman if this is the sort of weather you might expect for a soccer game in England. He said in England this is the kind of weather they consider summer.

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