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Houston Set To Host 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

NRG Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium Both Selected As Venues

May 17, 2018 - 2:08 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – The CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming back to Houston in 2019.

CONCACAF in alliance with the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, the Houston Dynamo and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment announce that Houston is one of two markets in America that will have two venues host Gold Cup matches.

“We are a major sports destination with the best fans in the nation,” said Harris County – Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Schmees Burke. “The fact that we have two fabulous venues capable of successfully hosting a Gold Cup match is a true testament to how special our community has become in the global sports realm.”

For the first time in the 15th edition of the biannual CONCACAF Gold Cup, the tournament will feature 16 nations broken down into a group stage that leads to a knockout stage.

BBVA Compass Stadium is expected to host group stage matches, and will be the fourth Gold Cup in a row that the stadium will host matches.

“We are proud to host the CONCACAF Gold Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium for the fourth consecutive tournament.  We take pride in being the home of soccer in Houston for all fans of the beautiful game, and we are looking forward to what promises to be another outstanding event next summer,” said Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti

NRG Stadium meanwhile will host Gold Cup matches for the first time since Houston hosted the 2011 semifinals.  It’s expected that NRG would host matches in the knockout rounds.

“We are honored that Houston and NRG Stadium were selected to host the 2019 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup,” said Jamey Rootes, president of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. “Since our first international soccer match in Houston in 2003, the sport has grown tremendously in this region and Houston has become one of the leading soccer markets in America. This is a great opportunity for soccer fans to see some of the world’s best teams play right here in Houston. We look forward to once again welcoming the soccer world to our community next June."

The six nations that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round are automatically qualified to the 2019 Gold Cup.  Those national teams include; the United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.  The other 10 teams will need to qualify through CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers.