Miami (Monday, December 19, 2016) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced the 13 metropolitan areas that will welcome the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup next July 7-26. Venues and group stage dates, as well as group assignments for qualified seeded nations – the United States and Mexico – were also announced for next year's 14th edition of the Gold Cup.
The announcement was made simultaneously from coast-to-coast by athletes, musicians and local dignitaries representing each of the host venues, including Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, rock band Kings of Leon and the mayors of several of the participating cities (see below for full list).
For the upcoming edition of the Gold Cup, CONCACAF has taken steps to expand the tournament to emerging soccer markets, allowing more fans across the country to take part in the continental championship first-hand. The 2017 Gold Cup will feature four first-time hosts: the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX; FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH; Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN.
Returning in 2017 are ten previous Gold Cup host venues: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX (2009, 2011, 2013); BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX (2013, 2015); Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (2009, 2015); Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA (1996, 2000); Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL (2011); Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (2011, 2013); the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA (1991, 2002, 2011, 2013); Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO (2013); Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX (2015); and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ (2009, 2015).
"We're excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region's marquee soccer championship, and welcome world class international soccer next summer," said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. "With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year's Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation."
The dates for Gold Cup matches scheduled for each group stage city were also announced, as well as the groups to be headed up by the tournament's seeded nations: the United States (Group B), and Mexico (Group C). Group A will be filled out pending the completion of the tournament field, with the UNCAF Central American Cup set to determine that region's qualifiers in January.
Complete groups and the full schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced next year.
To date, seven of the twelve national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year's tournament: Canada, Mexico and the United States from North America, as well as Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica, and Martinique, from the Caribbean, will compete for the Confederation crown in July.
Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America. The four Caribbean nations already qualified did so by winning their groups in the recently completed semifinal stage of the Scotiabank CFU Caribbean Cup. The top four finishers from January's UNCAF Central American Cup, to be played in Panama, will also qualify.
Three additional Caribbean nations, Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, have qualified for an additional series of matches in January, the winner of which will face-off next year in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the UNCAF Central American Cup to determine the final participant in the 2017 Gold Cup.
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean, and will be broadcast next year in the United States on the FOX and Univision family of networks. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. The winner of the 2017 tournament will take home continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the next CONCACAF Cup, a play-in game to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, in the case two separate champions emerge from the next two editions of the Gold Cup. Exclusive Presale Offering
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Group A – To be determined
Group B – United States
Group C – MexicoGroup Stage Venues & Dates:
July 7, Group A – NY/NJ – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
July 8, Group B – Nashville – Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)
July 9, Group C – San Diego – Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
July 11, Group A – Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
July 12, Group B – Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
July 13, Group C – Denver – Sports Authority Field (Denver, CO)
July 14, Group A – Dallas – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)
July 15, Group B – Cleveland – FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH)
July 16, Group C – San Antonio – Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) Knockout Round Venues (alphabetical order by metropolitan area):
Bay Area – Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, CA)
Dallas – AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)
Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
Phoenix – University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)Venue Video Announcement spokespeople and titles: