SoFi Stadium to host 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament final

Next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament concludes on July 16 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, giving the $5 billion venue another chance to qualify for the 2026 World Cup final. SoFi is one of 11 US stadiums selected to host World Cup games, with SoFi and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ being the favorites to host the finals.

FIFA, the world governing body for football, is not expected to announce the final host of the 2026 World Cup until next year.

“SoFi Stadium is a world-class venue and Los Angeles has been the scene of so many legendary Gold Cup moments, making this stadium a fantastic choice to host our 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, also FIFA Vice President, made a statement.

SoFi, the world’s most expensive stadium, hosted the 2022 Super Bowl but has only hosted a single football event, the Leagues Cup Showcase in August. This doubles fixture featuring LAFC and the Galaxy of MLS, as well as Mexican clubs Chivas and América, drew 71,189 midweek viewers, the fourth-highest attendance at a soccer game in the United States this year.

The Gold Cup Finals have previously been played six times at Los Angeles County, four times at the Coliseum and twice at the Rose Bowl, most recently in 2011. The 2021 finals were played in Las Vegas, where the U.S. defeated Mexico 1-0 in overtime for its seventh Title. Mexico has won the tournament eight times, a record.

The 2023 CONCACAF men’s premier event, the Gold Cup, kicks off on June 16 with a 12-team preliminary round, part of a busy summer football competition that includes the CONCACAF Nations Leagues, which end in June, and the Erste Leagues Cup is a 47 club event featuring teams from MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX that begins five days after the end of the Gold Cup.

“The Gold Cup will be the centerpiece of a wonderful CONCACAF summer of football,” said Montagliani. “These competitions are hugely important to the continued development of the game in CONCACAF as we seek to capitalize on the momentum and anticipation that is building in our region as we approach 2026.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2022-10-27/sofi-stadium-2023-concacaf-gold-cup-final SoFi Stadium to host 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament final

Emma Bowman

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