The Victorian Government has announced that Melbourne will retain hosting rights for the International Champions Cup football tournament until 2018.
Victorian Sports Minister John Eren hailed the 2015 edition as a success, with a reported $150 million spent in securing the rights to the Australian leg of the ICC for the next three years.
Last Friday night, Real Madrid took out the 2015 trophy with a 4-1 win over Manchester City in front of a crowd of 99,832 at the MCG.
Serie A heavyweights Roma were also part of the inaugural ICC Australia which attracted over 220,000 fans at the MCG for the three games between Real Madrid, Roma and Manchester City.
“We’re strengthening our major events calendar to keep our state strong. The cup will be great for fans and great for businesses. Securing it will help grow tourism, jobs and showcase our state to the world,” added Eren.