Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium selected as host city for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
United States Men’s National Team headlines international men’s soccer doubleheader in Northeast Ohio
FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, will host the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the United States Men’s National Team as part of a Group Stage doubleheader on July 15, as announced today by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Cleveland, one of 13 metropolitan areas to be named a host city for the 14th edition of the Gold Cup, will welcome the United States – the seed nation for Group B – and its opponent for both teams’ final game of the tournament’s group stage, as well as a second to be determined matchup between two additional Gold Cup participants.
“When planning the FirstEnergy Stadium modernization project with the City of Cleveland, our primary goals were to provide the best possible experience for our fans throughout the year and to help continue to show the world how great our city is through the ability to host high-profile concerts and sporting events,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “Along with the City of Cleveland and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, we are excited to be named a host venue for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and to welcome the participating teams, tournament officials and the many fans representing many countries in our region to Cleveland.”
“We are incredibly proud and excited that Cleveland has been chosen as a host site for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “This opportunity affords Northeast Ohio the ability to play a role in an event that draws tens of thousands of spectators. Due to the invaluable partnerships with the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew, we will be able to show the world Cleveland’s passion for soccer.”
“After a successful summer with the Cavaliers’ championship, the Indians’ championship, the Monsters’ championship and the Republican National Convention, we want to take this opportunity to welcome all soccer fans to Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
The 2017 Gold Cup features four first-time hosts, including Cleveland, and nine returning venues. For this year’s tournament, CONCACAF has taken steps to expand to emerging soccer markets, allowing more fans across the country to take part in the continental championship firsthand.
This past June, FirstEnergy Stadium held a rematch of the 2015 Women’s World Cup final as the U.S. Women’s National Team claimed a 2-0 victory against Japan in the second leg of a two-game friendly between the teams. With 23,535 fans in attendance, it marked the largest crowd ever to watch a WNT game in Ohio.
FirstEnergy Stadium most recently hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013 for a game against Belgium, the first international soccer game at the stadium since 2006.
Complete groups and schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, including full details for matches at FirstEnergy Stadium, will be announced next year, along with the selection of dates and match assignment for the knockout round and the awarding of the Final.
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, in alphabetical order, will compete for the Confederation crown in July.
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes 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.
Fans interested in being part of an exclusive presale offering for the Gold Cup at First Energy Stadium may visit http://www.goldcup.org for more information. Tickets for the 2017 Gold Cup will go on sale at a later date.
In 2015, the Browns, with the City of Cleveland and Mayor Jackson’s support, completed a two-year modernization project of FirstEnergy Stadium that began in 2013 to provide the team and its fans a top-tier NFL facility. More information about FirstEnergy Stadium is available on pages 420-422 of the 2016 Cleveland Browns Media Guide.
For more information on the tournament and host venues, visit www.GoldCup.org.