Atlanta has been chosen as one of 13 US cities to host this year’s Gold Cup. Atlanta’s round will be played at the Georgia Dome in July. Natural grass will be installed for the event.
The regional tournament matches 12 teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCAF). The tournament will feature national teams from the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadalupe, Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Cuba and Guatemala.
Mexico won the previous tournament, their sixth Gold Cup championship.
Jason Kirksey, a spokesman from the Georgia Dome, told WABE this is one of the biggest games in international soccer. The Gold Cup is a regional tournament between twelve teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
“We expect, you know, a sell-out capacity crowd here at the Georgia Dome, and how many of those fans come in from out of town has yet to be seen but we should have a great crowd here at the Dome and an exciting soccer event,” said Kirksey.
This is the first time Atlanta will host the event and it is expected to sell-out.