The all-new Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles will host games in CONCACAF’s Gold Cup next year.
CONCACAF is also set to announce the other 14 venues that will host matches in 2019. The Gold Cup matches with be played in 13 metropolitan areas across the U.S. The tournament is scheduled to play over a span of three weeks in June and July.
“The venues selected thus far offer a mix of soccer history as well as a taste of the future of the sport in the U.S. and we are excited to work with the local host committees to bring the game to fans all over the U.S.,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said in a statement.
Banc of California Stadium currently plays home to the MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club. It opened at the beginning of the MLS season earlier this year alongside the team’s inaugural season. It is the newest and most expensive soccer-specific venue in the U.S. with a price tag of $350 million.
The Gold Cup is played every two years and is the regional championship for teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament expands to 16 teams starting in next year’s cup. The first six teams have already been announced as they automatically qualified for the tournament thanks to them reaching the final round of World Cup qualifying in 2016. Those teams include: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S. Ten other teams will need to qualify before the Gold Cup is set next fall.