Community Shield

Villa Park to stage Community Shield

May 18, 2012
By ESPN staff

The Football Association has announced Villa Park will host next season's Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea.

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The curtain-raiser for the 2012-13 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.''