The 2017 Gold Cup host venues were announced by CONCACAF on Monday morning, with Texas coming up big. Four Texan venues, in three metro areas, will host matches in the tournament including San Antonio with the Alamodome named as a host.
The event will take place in July 2017, with Mexico as the defending champions following their win in 2015. Texas continues to be a regular host for the event, after hosting twice in 2015 in Frisco and Houston, both back as venues in 2017.
San Antonio was the biggest revelation in the announcement, as they are the only Texas city in the list to have not hosted previously. The Alamodome will be hosting the final two matches of the group stages with the last including Mexico as they are the seeded team in Group C.
Mayor of San Antonio Ivy Taylor was featured on the bid video saying “we can’t wait to welcome soccer fans from all over North and Central America and the Caribbean to our city. Let’s show the world that San Antonio is a soccer city.”
Bidding with the Alamodome may well be what pushed San Antonio to hosting the Mexico group, with a higher capacity venue than the other two Texas venues which will be hosting group stage matches. Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium and FC Dallas’ Toyota Stadium will be the other two venues hosting group stage matches in the tournament.
July 11th will see Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium host a Group A double header, with no teams in that group determined. Just three days later those four teams will head up I-45 to Frisco and play each other again at Toyota Stadium.
One more match will be played in Texas with AT&T Stadium in Arligton, the home stadium of the Cowboys playing a knock-out match. That match is not decided yet but odds are strong that it will be the semi-final or the final.