This summer, Sports Authority Field at Mile High will host another form of football.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced Wednesday that the Broncos’ home stadium is one of 13 venues that will welcome the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 7-28, 2013.
“We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation’s Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition.” CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said in a statement. “CONCACAF is looking forward to a successful tournament, working in close partnership with both stadium and local authorities, while expanding the reach of our competition to a larger number of fans in more locations throughout the United States.”
It’s the first time the region’s premier national team tournament will visit Sports Authority Field, in addition to seven other new venues.
In 2011, the tournament drew more than 600,000 fans through 13 match days, including nine sell-outs.
In alphabetical order, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States have already qualified for the tournament. The final spot will be decided in a match between Guatemala and Panama.
Taking place every two years, the Gold Cup has established itself as the region’s most popular national team tournament, routinely drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers across the region. Featuring the best players from the confederation, the tournament includes the top 12-nations in the region.
Other host cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle.