FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | DECEMBER 19, 2016
U.S. MEN’S SOCCER SET TO RETURN TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM FOR 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP
TAMPA, FL – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), as well as the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) and Tampa Sports Authority (TSA), are proud to announce the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will return to Raymond James Stadium (RJS) as part of a July 12 doubleheader.
Headlining Group B matches will be the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT), as they make their second Gold Cup appearance in Tampa Bay (2011).
“We could not be more excited to welcome the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a second time,” Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Rob Higgins said. “We have an extremely passionate and growing soccer fan base in the Tampa Bay area, and we look forward to celebrating another fantastic night of top-tier soccer on July 12 at Raymond James Stadium.”
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup at RJS featured the USMNT, Panama, Canada and Guadeloupe, a doubleheader in which Panama and the United States went on to finish atop their Group. A full slate of 2017 Gold Cup teams and matches will be announced in 2017.
Opened in October 1996, Raymond James Stadium is no stranger to holding large sporting and entertainment events, having played host to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2016 She Believes Cup, Super Bowl XXXV, Super Bowl XLIII, Beyonce: The Formation World Tour, Taylor Swift: The 1989 World Tour, One Direction: Where We Are Tour, and three Kenny Chesney Tours. Raymond James Stadium is also the home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Football, the Outback Bowl and will serve as the host site of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship (Jan. 9, 2017).
For more information on the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, fans are encouraged to visit www.GoldCup.org.
Exclusive Presale Offering
Fans interested in being part of an exclusive presale offering for the Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium should visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for any Gold Cup game day in 2017, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2017 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.
CONCACAF services 41 member associations through offices located in Miami, New York, and Guatemala City, and is composed of a Congress, the CONCACAF Council, General Secretariat, several committees and judicial bodies. As the administrative body for the region, CONCACAF manages competitions, offers technical and administrative training courses, while also actively promoting and developing football.
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