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Concacaf Names Nissan Stadium a Venue for 2019 Gold Cup





NASHVILLE, Tenn —** The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced that Nashville will be one of 15 markets that will welcome the 2019 edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup summer of 2019. The games scheduled to be played in countries outside of the US, Canada, and Mexico will be announced at a later date.

The Concacaf Gold Cup is the premier regional soccer championship that crowns the best national team in North, Central America and the Caribbean, featuring some of the hemisphere's best players and teams.

"We're thrilled to welcome the Gold Cup back to Nashville next year," Nashville Mayor David Briley said. "Soccer is growing and thriving here, and Concacaf and its teams and fans will get the same warm welcome all our visitors receive – plus a lot of loud cheers and chants ringing through Nissan Stadium. The Gold Cup will be another great showcase for 'the beautiful game' in our beautiful city."

Thursday's press conference announcing Nashville is one of 15 markets to welcome the 2019 edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup in the summer of 2019. (Photos: Kristen Sheft)

"This is another big day for Nissan Stadium and Nashville as we are selected as a Gold Cup venue for 2019," said Bob Flynn, Titans Vice President of Facilities and Game Day Operations. "We had a great crowd (47,622) for our Gold Cup match-day last year and earned the right to host again. This is the marquee event for soccer in this region of the world and we are eager to welcome the international community to Nashville and Nissan Stadium. We take great pride in being able to host these world-class teams and look forward to putting on another great soccer event."

"We are honored to have the Gold Cup competition return," said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "CONCACAF's confidence in Nashville does not go unnoticed and we will not disappoint!"

For the upcoming edition of the Gold Cup, Concacaf, which previously announced an expanded format to include 16 nations in the biannual championship, has taken steps to expand the tournament to countries in the Concacaf region, allowing more fans across the to take part in the continental championship first-hand. Besides the first-time international markets which will make the tournament accessible to fans in those countries, the 2019 Gold Cup will feature three first-time hosts in the U.S. territory:

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 next year.

To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year's tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, in alphabetical order.

Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify for the Gold Cup in representation of North America.

The additional participating nations in the 2019 Gold Cup will qualify through Concacaf Nations League Qualifier competition, to be played in September, October, and November of 2018, and March of 2019.

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. The winner of the 2019 tournament will win continental bragging rights and an assured spot in the CONCACAF Cup play-in game to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Exclusive Presale Offering

Fans can now visit to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup gameday in 2019, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2019 Gold Cup will go on sale at a later date. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world

The United States battles Panama in front of a Tennessee record 47,622 soccer fans in CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Nissan Stadium. (Donn Jones

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