The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and the LA Galaxy today announced that Rose Bowl Stadium has been selected as one of 15 venues across 13 U.S. metropolitan cities that will welcome the 2019 edition of the expanded Concacaf Gold Cup.
The announcement of the U.S. venues marks the first step in kicking off the region-wide soccer event, to be played in the summer of 2019, which has expanded to include a record 16 Concacaf Member Associations.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Rose Bowl Stadium to host the region’s most important international tournament, the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “The LA Galaxy continue to be committed to bringing world-class soccer events to Los Angeles. The Rose Bowl has been one of the most historic soccer venues in the country and we are excited to host a great event there.”
The historic Rose Bowl Stadium has played host to some of the most important soccer events in the United States. Serving as the home of the LA Galaxy from 1996-2002, the Rose Bowl Stadium was host to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic men’s soccer final, the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final, 2002 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage doubleheader, a 2016 Copa America Centenario group stage doubleheader, as well as the 2017 Gold Cup semifinal. It is the only stadium in the world to have hosted both a men's and women's World Cup final, plus an Olympic gold medal match. The venue is also home to the Rose Bowl Game, which is the oldest annual college football New Year's Day game, and has served five times as the site of the NFL's Super Bowl.
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In addition to the announced U.S. venues, 2019 Gold Cup matches will also be played in Central America and the Caribbean for the first time in the tournament’s 15 editions. These markets and venues will be announced in coming months.
“The Gold Cup is anticipated every two years by fans across the region, as a true celebration of the vibrant culture and world class football that make up our wonderful and diverse One Concacaf region,” said Concacaf President Victor Montagliani. “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.”
Taking place every two years, the Concacaf Gold Cup is the region’s national team championship. Featuring some of the hemisphere’s top players, the tournament crowns the champion from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.
By adding four more teams and exploring the possibility of new host nations, the historic 15th edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup will set highs for number of participating Concacaf Member Associations, providing access to the highest level of international football for 16 teams and for fans from a wider representation of the Concacaf region.
The six national teams that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round -- Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States – are automatically qualified to the 2019 Gold Cup. The 10 additional participating nations in the 2019 Gold Cup will qualify through Concacaf Nations League Qualifiers, to be played on FIFA match dates in September, October, and November of 2018, and March of 2019.
More information, including groups and schedule for the 2019 tournament, will be announced in the coming months.
The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup will be broadcast across the U.S. on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.