The Pontiac Silverdome will be buzzing tonight as officials are turning the former home of the Detroit Lions into a horn aplenty.
Spokesman John Mozena says vuvuzelas will be allowed inside the dome for Friday’s match between club teams AC Milan of Italy and Panathinaikos FC of Greece.
The stadium’s owner had asked fans whether they wanted to let the buzzing horns inside. But despite polling that ran about 60-40 against, Mozena says “the numbers were a lot closer than we had expected” so officials decided to “give it a try.”
The constant drone of vuvuzelas during this summer’s World Cup matches in South Africa was a source of annoyance to broadcasters and players alike.
The game dubbed “Match of the Titans” marks the return of international soccer to the Silverdome, which hosted the World Cup in 1994.
Organizers say Italian heavyweight AC Milan – winner of more international titles (22) than any other club – finished 3rd in the 2009/10 Serie A season, while Panathinaikos won the Superleague Greece for its 20th Greek championship.
The match, which begins at 8 p.m. will be played on natural grass installed for the event.
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