CLE Hosts 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Kick off a weekend of fun
Grab your friends and your vuvuzelas and head down to FirstEnergy Stadium on July 15 for the 14th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament. Cleveland will be hosting the tournament’s final two games of the Group B round-robin play.
Panama and Martinique will kick off the night at 4:30 p.m., and then the United States Men's National Team will play Nicaragua at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of entertainment around the stadium throughout game day for soccer fans and not-so soccer fans alike to enjoy. The night before the game, the American Outlaws, the official supporters of the U.S. Soccer National Teams, will be hosting a party to get everyone hyped up for the games.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup started in 1991 and happens once every two years. The competition includes 12 nations and the games are played in state-of-the-art stadiums across the U.S., and is one of the biggest this year, since it is not a World Cup year.
Cleveland is one of 13 metropolitan cities chosen to host the tournament. The winners of the games will move on to play in the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.
“The closest venue outside of Cleveland is Nashville,” says Mike Mulhall, VP of Business Development for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Lots of fans from outside the region like Pittsburgh, Columbus and Detroit will be making their way to Cleveland for this game.”
Usually known as the home of the Cleveland Browns football team, on July 15, football will have a new meaning at FirstEnergy Stadium. Can you say fútbol?