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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Las Vegas to Host Gold Cup Last for First Time

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Two-time Gold Cup finalists, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, will get the prospect to characteristic at Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium if they’ll attain their third ultimate in seven years, after organizers CONCACAF on Tuesday awarded the championship recreation to the Metropolis of Lights.

Opened final July, the close to US$2 billion venue already performs host to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, and can now additionally stage the first-ever Gold Cup match to be performed within the cosmopolitan western United States metropolis within the match’s 30-year historical past.

Jamaica, one among 12 groups to have already certified for this yr’s showpiece, had been dropping finalists within the 2015 match stage on the Lincoln Monetary Area in Philadelphia, and two years later at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

This yr’s Gold Cup is scheduled for July 10 to August 1 and shall be performed amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic which has already accounted for 31 million infections throughout the nation and almost 560 000 deaths.

“At CONCACAF we’re very enthusiastic about this summer time’s Gold Cup and we all know that Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium will present an ideal host metropolis and venue for the ultimate,” mentioned president Victor Montagliani.

“2021 is CONCACAF’s sixtieth anniversary yr making this version additional particular for gamers and followers.

“The federations and their groups are trying ahead to this match with nice anticipation and it’s becoming that the regional champion shall be topped in such an impressive venue and well-known metropolis.”

The Gold Cup will see 16 groups competing throughout 4 teams within the preliminary spherical, with the highest two groups from every group advancing to the quarter-finals.

Qatar, the reigning Asian Cup champions and who will host subsequent yr’s FIFA World Cup, will characteristic within the match for the primary time as friends.

Raiders president Marc Badain mentioned the Gold Cup ultimate added to the model worth of the Allegiant Stadium.

“The Raiders are proud to affix Las Vegas in internet hosting the ultimate of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Allegiant Stadium in August,” Badain mentioned.

“The Gold Cup stands out among the many many world-class occasions that shall be hosted at Allegiant Stadium, and we’re excited to carry CONCACAF’s signature occasion to the Sports activities and Leisure Capital of the World.”

Steve Hill, CEO/President of the Las Vegas Conference and Guests Authority, mentioned town would provide an “unforgettable” expertise to these collaborating within the ultimate.

“We’re thrilled that the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup is coming to the Sports activities Capital of the World,” Hill famous.

“We’re delighted to have the chance to host an occasion of this caliber, and with world-class leisure, eating, outside journey and sports activities services, we’re assured the groups and their followers will discover an unforgettable, Solely Vegas expertise.”

A number of Caribbean Soccer Union nations will do battle within the Gold Cup, with the likes of Grenada, Curacao, Martinique and Suriname having already certified.

CONCACAF will stage a 12-team qualifier from July 2-8 at Inter Miami’s CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale to find out the final three spots within the Gold Cup first spherical.

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