January 23, 2013
Red Bull Arena to host Gold Cup games
MIAMI -- For the second consecutive competition, Red Bull Arena will host games during the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.
The 13 venues of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Artwork courtesy of CONCACAF
CONCACAF unveiled on Wednesday the 13 venues for the biennial competition, that will be held in the United States from July 7-28.
It was not known on what dates the Harrison, N.J. stadium will host games, but given the tournament's history, it will most likely be a doubleheader. Given the size of the ground, RBA likely will host group matches.
The biennial competition will expand its footprint by visiting eight new world-class venues in this year's edition:
* Georgia Dome in Atlanta
* M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore
* Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver
* Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
* BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston
* Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
* JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
* Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
Six new Gold Cup cities are featured in this group of newcomers, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Hartford, Portland and Salt Lake City. Houston and Miami return to host the tournament, for the fith and ninth time consecutive times, respectively.
The event also will return to five venues from its previous editions:
* Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas (2009, 2011)
* Soldier Field in Chicago (2007, 2009, 2011)
* Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA (1991, 2002, 2011)
* Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (2011)
* CenturyLink Field in Seattle (2005, 2009)
CONCACAF did not state which venues would host the knockout stages, although the cities that boast the larger grounds have the better chances of doing so, such as Sun Life Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, Soldier Field, Rose Bowl and Century Link
"We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation's Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition." CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb said in a statement. "CONCACAF is looking forward to a successful tournament, working in close partnership with both stadium and local authorities, while expanding the reach of our competition to a larger number of fans in more locations throughout the United States."
With a mix of historic venues and new state-of-the-art soccer facilities that average 57,000 spectators, this year's edition of the Gold Cup promises to provide fans both in stadium and at home with unforgettable atmospheres in world class venues. In 2011, the tournament drew more than 600,000 fans throughout 13 match-days, including nine sell-outs.
Eleven of the twelve participating national teams have qualified for this year's tournament. In alphabetical order: Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States. The final spot will be decided on Friday in the fifth-place match of Copa Centroamericana between Guatemala and Panama, which is being held in Costa Rica.
City and venue list
(In alphabetical order by host city)
• Atlanta - Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)
• Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)
• Chicago - Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)
• Dallas - Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
• Denver - Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)
• Hartford - Rentschler Field (East Hartford, CT)
• Houston - BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
• Los Angeles - Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
• Miami - Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
• New York- Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
• Portland - JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)
• Salt Lake City - Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, UT)
• Seattle - CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)