Saturday's CONCACAF Cup match-up between the United States and Mexico is officially a sellout. CONCACAF announced that there were no more tickets available for the much-anticipated match on Monday.
There was never a doubt that this match would sell out. Fans of both teams have been looking forward to the clash and with a sizable number of U.S. and Mexico fans in Southern California, a sellout was a formality. CONCACAF picked the Rose Bowl because it seats more than 90,000. That allows them to sell more tickets than almost any other stadium because they knew they would be able to sell however many tickets they put on sale. Even with very expensive ticket prices, with those behind the goals over $100, there was no problem unloading them all.
The last time that the U.S. and Mexico played at the Rose Bowl was in the 2011 Gold Cup final and that too was a sellout. 93,420 showed up for that game, but renovations to the stadium since have cut into the capacity some so attendance will likely be around 91,000 this time around, including staff and media.
When the teams met four years ago, the stadium was almost entirely full of Mexico fans, with just a handful of Americans. That won't be the case on Saturday, with CONCACAF having allocated 30% of the tickets to each the U.S. and Mexico federations. That means a much bigger U.S. fan contingent than before and potentially as many as 40% of the crowd backing the Americans.