The 2015 Gold Cup will be played at at least 10 venues in the United States, we learned on Monday. Traffic Sports, which helps CONCACAF manage the tournament, released a sponsorship packet that revealed some information about the Gold Cup.
- It will use at least 10 venues
- Exact venues will be announced by the end of the year
- All match dates will be doubleheaders, except for the final
- The tournament will feature a consolation match this year, likely the day before the final
The rest of the information in the packet is sponsor-related, like what the various sponsor levels are, the demographics of those watching and attending matches, and TV information. As we already knew, the tournament will be televised by FOX and Univision in the U.S.
The 2013 Gold Cup used 13 venues, a number that seems likely to be repeated. That is how many match days there are and allows for each venue to host a doubleheader (or the consolation match and final).
The U.S. has hosted every Gold Cup, twice co-hosting with Mexico, and while Jeffrey Webb says it is time for CONCACAF to consider moving the tournament to another country, that won't be the case in 2015. The Gold Cup is going back to the U.S., and the Americans will have a huge advantage as they try to defend their title.