CONCACAF has pegged one of the newest major stadiums in the U.S. to host the upcoming Gold Cup.
Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium will host the 2016 Gold Cup final on July 26, CONCACAF announced on Tuesday. The news comes in the wake of the federation’s announcement of a list of 13 host stadiums in December.
Opened in 2014, the stadium has already hosted some major events, including Super Bowl L and the U.S. Men’s National Team’s clash with Colombia during the Copa America Centenario. In addition, the stadium hosted Mexico’s loss to Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals and the Chilean’s group stage clash with Argentina.
“Levi’s Stadium has quickly earned a place among America’s top venues in terms of atmosphere, amenities and fan experience,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani. “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 our Copa America Centenario opener, which drew record crowds last year.”
Santa Clara is one of several first-time host cities, including Cleveland, Nashville, and San Antonio. The Gold Cup is set to kickoff with the start of the group stage on July 7.
“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,” said San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido. “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.”