By MICHAEL PENG
Fans hoping to attend the CONCACAF Cup between the United States and Mexico on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., will take their first step toward securing the tickets in two weeks.
The confederation announced Thursday that fans will be able to apply online at CONCACAF.com on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for the right to purchase tickets through a lottery system, though no specific time for when the application will begin was given.
CONCACAF will notify the winning applicants on Sept. 18 and provide them with the opportunity to select specific seating preferences with the limit capped at six tickets per applicant and one entry per household.
As for the supporters groups of both the U.S. and Mexico, an additional ticketing process will be conducted independently through each federation.
The limited, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public on Sept. 29, with more information on that process to be release in the coming weeks.
“One of our goals for this game was to make the Rose Bowl a representation of both passionate fan bases,” CONCACAF Acting General Secretary Ted Howard said. “The interest and demand for an event of this magnitude requires a process that allows for an opportunity for a fair and equitable distribution of tickets.”
The winner of CONCACAF Cup clash will earn a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
This year marks the first occasion in which CONCACAF is conducting a split for the region’s berth in the FIFA Confederations Cup. CONCACAF announced in 2013 that it will undergo with this format moving forward, at the same time giving equal importance to both of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competitions within the four-year cycle.
Mexico qualified for its berth by winning the 2015 Gold Cup, while the U.S. were crowned winners of the tournament in 2013.