Red Bull Arena To Host Gold Cup Opening Matches

Gold Cup

The Gold Cup will return to the New York Metropolitan area in 2017 as Red Bull Arena will host the opening doubleheader of the biennial CONCACAF tournament.

Two matches from Group A will be played in Harrison, N.J., on Friday, July 7. The home of New York Red Bulls previously hosted Gold Cup matches in the 2011 and 2013 tournaments.

A total of 13 cities in the U.S. will host matches throughout the event:

  • July 7, Group A – NY/NJ – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
  • July 8, Group B – Nashville – Nissan Stadium (Nashville, TN)
  • July 9, Group C – San Diego – Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
  • July 11, Group A – Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)
  • July 12, Group B – Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
  • July 13, Group C – Denver – Sports Authority Field (Denver, CO)
  • July 14, Group A – Dallas – Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX)
  • July 15, Group B – Cleveland – FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH)
  • July 16, Group C – San Antonio – Alamodome (San Antonio, TX)

The United States has been placed in Group B and will open its tournament schedule on July 8 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Game two is set for July 12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Three days later, the U.S. will complete the group phase at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Mexico has been placed in Group C, while Group A will be filled out pending the completion of the tournament field, with the UNCAF Central American Cup set to determine that region’s qualifiers in January. Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final, will be announced in 2017.

To date, seven of the 12 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament: Canada, Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, and the United States.

Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America. The four Caribbean nations already qualified did so by winning their groups in the recently completed semifinal stage of the Scotiabank CFU Caribbean Cup. The top four finishers from January’s UNCAF Central American Cup, to be played in Panama, will also qualify.

Three additional Caribbean nations — Haiti, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago — have qualified for an additional series of matches in January, the winner of which will face-off next year in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from the UNAF Central American Cup to determine the final participant in the 2017 Gold Cup.