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Exploria, Q2 set to host games in confederation showpiece

Entornointeligente.com / MI­A­MI – Or­lan­do’s Ex­plo­ria Sta­di­um and Austin’s Q2 Sta­di­um will play host to CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup match­es for the first time ever, in this year’s edi­tion of con­fed­er­a­tion show­piece.

The venues were among nine an­nounced yes­ter­day by or­gan­is­ers which will stage group, quar­ter-fi­nal and se­mi-fi­nal match­es in the Ju­ly 10 to Au­gust 1 tour­na­ment.

Dal­las’ Cot­ton Bowl, which last host­ed a Gold Cup fix­ture 28 years ago, is back on the itin­er­ary and is ac­com­pa­nied by the AT&T Sta­di­um in Ar­ling­ton; BB­VA Sta­di­um and NRG Sta­di­um in Hous­ton, Chil­dren’s Mer­cy Park in Kansas City; State Farm Sta­di­um in Glen­dale and Frisco’s Toy­ota Sta­di­um.

“The an­nounce­ment of these out­stand­ing venues moves us a step clos­er to what is sure to be a great Gold Cup this sum­mer,” said CON­CA­CAF pres­i­dent Vic­tor Mon­tagliani.

“It is fit­ting that in our 60th an­niver­sary year we will use a num­ber of sta­di­ums with a rich his­to­ry of host­ing CON­CA­CAF foot­ball, while al­so mak­ing his­to­ry with new venues that will host Gold Cup match­es for the very first time.”

“I am al­so ex­treme­ly pleased that we have en­hanced the Gold Cup for­mat so that all the fi­nal group stage games will be played si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly.

“This will add to the com­pet­i­tive in­ten­si­ty of the tour­na­ment and pro­vide an even more com­pelling spec­ta­cle for fans.

Along­side the in­tro­duc­tion of a first ever Gold Cup Pre­lims and a new for­mat in the knock­out stage this is an­oth­er ex­am­ple of our foot­ball first ap­proach at CON­CA­CAF.”

The Gold Cup Pre­lims is a 12-team tour­na­ment which will be played from Ju­ly 2-6 at In­ter Mi­a­mi’s CF Sta­di­um in Fort Laud­erdale, to de­ter­mine the last three spots in the Gold Cup fi­nals.

It com­pris­es the likes of T&T, Bar­ba­dos and Guyana among 11 Caribbean Foot­ball Union na­tions, with Guatemala as the on­ly Cen­tral Amer­i­can side.

Two-tine fi­nal­ists, Ja­maica, have al­ready qual­i­fied and are in­stalled in Group C, with CFU na­tions Cu­ra­cao, Mar­tinique, Suri­name and Grena­da al­so al­ready book­ing their spots.

Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ments com­plet­ed the slate of venues for the tour­na­ment with Las Ve­gas’ Al­le­giant Sta­di­um named last week as hosts for the fi­nal.

CMC

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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