May 21 – Concacaf is taking its expanded 16-team Gold Cup to 15 venues spanning 13 US cities in 2019, as well as taking matches to Central America and the Caribbean to venues that will be announced later this year.
The blue-riband national team event in the region is played every two years and until now always in the economic and facility rich US market.
In 2019 the competition will use 15 venues in the US: Allianz Field – Saint Paul, MN; Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles; Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte; BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston; Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City; FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland; Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia; Nissan Stadium – Nashville; NRG Stadium – Houston; Red Bull Arena – Harrison; Rose Bowl – Pasadena; Soldier Field – Chicago; Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver; Toyota Stadium – Frisco; and University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale.
Concacaf President Victor Montagliani, said: “The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the U.S., and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the U.S. With the upcoming selection of additional venues in the Caribbean and Central America, the Gold Cup becomes a regional event on even more levels, as Concacaf continues to focus on making football accessible to more teams, players and fans.”
Qualifiers for 2019 so far are the six nations who played in the final 2018 World Cup Concacaf qualifying competition Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the US. They will be joined by 10 countries qualifying via the new Concacaf Nations League Qualifiers, to be played on in September, October, and November of 2018, and March of 2019.
Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota are the tournament’s main sponsors. Univision and FOX are the main broadcast partners.
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