Villa Park to host FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea
Friday 18 May 2012
Villa Park will host this season's FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea, it has been confirmed.
The curtain-raiser for the new season will take place at Aston Villa's ground the day after the Olympic football final at Wembley - which is the reason the national stadium is not being used.
Alex Horne, FA general secretary, said: "Villa Park is one of English football's most iconic grounds and has a wonderful tradition of hosting some of the game's biggest matches.
"Once we knew the Olympic football schedule, we worked hard to secure a suitable alternative venue for The FA Community Shield 2012 and are delighted that Aston Villa have agreed to host the season's traditional curtain-raiser."
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