Red Bull Arena to host 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup First Round Doubleheader June 13
CONCACAF announced today that Red Bull Arena has been chosen as one of the 13 venues that will host matches for the upcoming 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Red Bull Arena will host a first round doubleheader on June 13, 2011. Participants, time, and ticket information will be announced at a later date.
“Red Bull Arena is the premier soccer venue in North America, and we are proud to host a match for the 2011 Gold Cup,” said Red Bull New York Managing Director Erik Stover. “The Gold Cup is an important competition in North American soccer. We will strive to provide a first-class experience to the teams and the fans who attend the match.”
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the top international tournament in North America. The bi-annual competition features 12 teams from the region. Already qualified are the United States, defending champions Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Cuba, Grenada, and Guadeloupe. The remaining five participants will be determined during the Copa Centroamericana, which takes place in Panama on Jan. 14-23, 2011. The winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will earn a spot in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat stadium located in Harrison, NJ, opened in March 20, 2010, as the New York Red Bulls defeated Santos FC in front of a sellout crowd. Aside from being the home of the regular season Eastern Conference champion Red Bulls, the arena held the first-ever Barclays New York Challenge, a four-team tournament that welcomed famed clubs Tottenham Hotspur FC, Manchester City FC and Sporting Clube de Portgual from July 22-25. The venue also welcomed international friendlies between the Czech Republic and Turkey on May 19, as well as Ecuador and Colombia on Oct. 8. Additionally, Red Bull Arena held the 2010 Churchill Cup Rugby Finals, on June 20.