Get ready for a starry night in San Jose, soccer fans. The 2016 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Avaya Stadium on Thursday, penning the league's best players against Arsenal. It will be the 12th time the All-Stars play against foreign competition, and with kickoff quickly approaching, tickets for the star-studded affair are the most expensive in the last six years.
The average price for 2016 MLS All-Star Game tickets on TicketIQ is now $245.94. Not since 2011 has the game's average price been higher, when it was held at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey and tickets averaged $289.62. The cheapest ticket to Thursday's game is now listed from $163 in Section 118.
Perhaps the big demand for tickets is due to the game's venue. Avaya Stadium officially opened in March of 2015, and the stadium's state-of-the-art allure will likely attract droves of traveling fans from out of state and, perhaps, out of country. The $100 million stadium is a flashing new point of entertainment in the Bay Area, and the numbers have been promising thus far. In 2015, the Earthquakes owned a 117% attendance record, good enough for best in the league.
The 2016 MLS All-Star Game will kick off at 7:30 pm ET Thursday night. Check out the complete MLS All-Star and Arsenal rosters below:
MLS All-Stars Roster
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler* (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell* (Portland Timbers), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
* - Out with an injury
Arsenal FC Roster
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Gedion Zelalem
Forwards: Chuba Akpom, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott