Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field to Serve as 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Host Venue
A record 15 stadiums in the U.S. metropolitan area have been selected for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
CHESTER, Pa. (May 15, 2018) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field will be one of 15 venues across 13 U.S. metropolitan cities that will welcome the 2019 edition of the expanded CONCACAF Gold Cup in the summer of 2019. The celebrated tournament will now include a record 16 CONCACAF Member Associations. More information, including groups and schedule for the 2019 tournament, will be announced in the coming months.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale ticket offer at www.GoldCup.org. Tickets for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be announced at a later date.
Since opening in August 2003, Lincoln Financial Field has featured some of the world’s most distinguished soccer clubs and professional athletes. The venue has hosted CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal matches in both 2009 and 2017, in addition to the Gold Cup final between Mexico and Jamaica in 2015.
“We are excited to welcome back the CONCACAF Gold Cup to Lincoln Financial Field and, once again, showcase Philadelphia as a prime destination for world-class soccer,” said Don Smolenski, Philadelphia Eagles President. “The Gold Cup is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious soccer tournaments and the matches we have previously hosted have always been met with great enthusiasm. We are thankful to the CONCACAF committee for selecting Lincoln Financial Field as a host venue in 2019.”
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 for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 10 additional participating nations 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.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the CONCACAF Gold Cup back to Philadelphia next summer,” said Larry Needle, Executive Director of PHL Sports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The sport’s global appeal will attract international visitors to the city, putting Philadelphia at the center of the continent’s biggest soccer tournament once again.”
In addition to the announced U.S. venues, 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches will also be played in Central America and the Caribbean for the first time in the tournament’s 15 editions.
“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.
For more information, please visit www.GoldCup.org.