A year after playing host to the opening match of the Copa America Centenario, Levi's Stadium will serve as the venue for another marquee event.
The 68,500-seat stadium in Santa Clara, California, has been chosen to host the Gold Cup final July 26, CONCACAF announced Wednesday. One of 14 stadiums in 13 cities hosting CONCACAF's premier tournament, the home of the San Francisco 49ers is playing a part in its first Gold Cup.
"Levi’s Stadium has quickly earned a place among America's top venues in terms of atmosphere, amenities and fan experience," CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani said in a news release. "We're proud to now bring the final of the Gold Cup — the region’s top competition for national teams — to the Bay Area, building on the resounding success of our Copa America Centenario opener, which drew record crowds last year."
Mexico will look to defend its title in the biennial tournament, which also will feature the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica and Martinique. The 12th and final berth will go to the winner of a March playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua.
The groups and full schedule for the Gold Cup will be released in March, though CONCACAF confirmed the group stage schedules for the U.S. and Mexico in December.