February 1, 2017
CONCACAF Gold Cup final set for Santa Clara
MIAMI -- The 14th Gold Cup final will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday, July 26, CONCACAF announced Wednesday.
Levi’s Stadium is among 14 venues in 13 cities that will host the competition.
Opened in 2014, Levi’s Stadium hosted the sold-out inaugural match of Copa America Centenario and Super Bowl 50 last year.
“Levi’s Stadium has quickly earned a place among America’s top stadiums in terms of atmosphere, amenities and fan experience,” CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said. “We’re proud to now bring the final of the Gold Cup – the region’s top competition for national teams – to the Bay Area, building on the resounding success of the Copa America Centenario opener, which drew record crowds last year.”
The Gold Cup will be played in Cleveland, Nashville, San Antonio and Santa Clara for the first time in attempt to reach new markets.
“Being chosen to host the 2017 Gold Cup final at Levi’s Stadium is a great honor for our organization and we look forward to welcoming soccer fans from across the Northern Hemisphere to Santa Clara in July,” San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido said. “We want to thank CONCACAF for entrusting the championship match of their storied Gold Cup with us and we look forward to working with our local partners to put on an epic grand finale.”
Copa Centroamericana champion Honduras recently qualified for the Gold Cup, along with El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. Also competing will be Canada, Mexico and the U.S. (North America), plus Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica and Martinique (Caribbean).
Haiti and Nicaragua will meet in a home-and-away play-in series March 24 and 28 to decide the 12th and final berth.
Groups and schedule will be revealed next month.