The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today confirmed the 15 venues across 13 U.S. metropolitan cities that will welcome the 2019 edition of the expanded Concacaf Gold Cup, including two of the United States’ newest soccer venues – Banc of California Stadium in the heart of Los Angeles, and Allianz Field, which will mark the first-ever Gold Cup in Minnesota.
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. The initial series of individual market announcements were made in a week-long sequence of local events across the U.S., featuring local dignitaries and representatives of the local host committees.
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 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup U.S. venues and host cities (alphabetical by venue) are listed here, including previous Gold Cups:
• Allianz Field - Saint Paul, MN*
• Banc of California Stadium - Los Angeles, CA*
• Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC (2011, 2015)
• BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston, TX (2013, 2015, 2017)
• Children’s Mercy Park - Kansas City, KS (2011, 2015)
• FirstEnergy Stadium - Cleveland, OH (2017)
• Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA (2009, 2015, 2017)
• Nissan Stadium - Nashville, TN (2017)
• NRG Stadium - Houston, TX (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011)
• Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ (2011, 2013, 2017)
• Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA (1991, 2002, 2011, 2013, 2017)
• Soldier Field - Chicago, IL (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
• Sports Authority Field at Mile High - Denver, CO (2013, 2017)
• Toyota Stadium - Frisco, TX (2015, 2017)
• University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ (2009, 2015, 2017).
*First Time Gold Cup Venues
Eight Gold Cup host markets -- Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, and Philadelphia -- have been announced as the United Bid’s final candidate host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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 tournament 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.