ORLANDO, Fla. – The refunds for fans who wanted to see Inter Milan or Arsenal play in the Florida Cup at Camping World Stadium may have to wait 10 days.
“All tickets have been refunded via Ticketmaster and fans should receive those refunds sometime in the next 7-10 days; ticketholders should have received a link in the refund confirmation email directing them to the new Ticketmaster event,” Florida Cup officials posted online.
The Florida Cup is scheduled to take place on July 25 and July 28 at Camping World Stadium.
Millonarios FC and Everton are still scheduled to play in the event. The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the game will be $20 and parking for the event is listed at $10.
Tournament officials said Everton will also play on July 28. Event officials did not say who Everton will play, and a second game might be added to the Wednesday lineup.
Inter Milan made the move to withdraw from the event on Wednesday amid COVID-19 cases increasing in Florida.
On Tuesday, Arsenal said the team would not play in the event after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to a post on the website.
“We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build-up,” Arsenal wrote in a statement on the team’s website.
The team said the staff members who tested positive for the virus are not showing any symptoms.
“We are disappointed that Arsenal has decided not to participate in the 2021 Florida Cup,” Florida Cup spokesperson Sam Gardner said on Tuesday.
The Arsenal staff members are self-isolating at home, according to the team.
“We wish the members of the Arsenal traveling party who tested positive for COVID-19 a speedy recovery as we continue making final preparations for the event,” Gardner said.
Richard Arrundale is a die heart Arsenal fan. He’s from London, now lives in Chicago and said he canceled his trip to Orlando Wednesday after hearing the team won’t be attending the Florida Cup.
“It was an ideal opportunity to see them in the preseason and welp it’s gone. So, a lot of us are frustrated,” Arrundale said. “It’s frustrating when you’re trying to get back to some sense of normality.”
It’s a big blow to Orange County’s economy. In 2019, the Florida Cup had an estimated $20-million impact on the county’s economy.
Millonarios FC and Everton are still scheduled to play in the event. The game will be played at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Replacement clubs will be announced Friday.
Florida Cup officials say they will issue refunds to the original purchaser for anyone who wants it. Event officials said more details will be sent to the ticket buyer through email.
News 6 checked to see if the summer coronavirus surge is having an impact on any other major events in Central Florida. So far, no other sporting events or conventions are seeing any major cancelations.