Friday's game will see the proceeds donated to Ferdinand's chosen charities and is being used as a serious pre-season game by manager David Moyes.
Moyes said: "It's important that people recognise that it's all for good causes and also come and see a proper pre-season game.
"I have always seen this a vital part of our preparations for the season."
Ferdinand himself has promised some surprises at half-time tonight.
"In terms of people going on the pitch, the manager wants it to be a serious pre-season game and I think I am governed by that," he said.
"But there will be a few surprises at half-time, I can tell you that.
"I'm not nervous, but obviously all of the attention is on me during the day and I'm more comfortable in a team environment because that is how I've grown up.
"But it will be nice to enjoy it with the fans, the people who attend and my family and friends."
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