The CONCACAF Gold Cup will be coming to Charlotte and Bank of America Stadium in 2019, a spokesperson for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority told the Observer. The CRVA will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to formally announce the news.
Charlotte is already hosting an International Champion's Cup match this July between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Charlotte has previously hosted Gold Cup games in 2011 and 2015, featuring high-profile teams such as Mexico, Cuba, and Trinidad & Tobago. The United States men's national team, as well as Costa Rica, are also part of CONCACAF. Schedules and dates are expected to be announced in coming months.
"We’re excited to welcome the CONCACAF Gold Cup back to Bank of America Stadium and Charlotte for the third time,” CRVA CEO Tom Murray told the Observer. “International soccer matches like the Gold Cup create additional visitor spending that is important to our overall visitor economy, and strategic events like this generate invaluable national and international media exposure opportunities for the city.”
Charlotte is able to host international soccer events like the Gold Cup and this summer's ICC game because the Carolina Panthers — who play in Bank of America Stadium — are required to provide five rent-free days a year to the city in exchange for using taxpayer money to renovate the stadium.
But Charlotte has not always used all its available days, for a handful of reasons (stadium renovations make scheduling difficult, and even with free rent, it can be a challenge to find profitable events). The college football kickoff game in September and the Belk Bowl in December are the only two other days the city has planned to date for 2018 — the same is true for 2019.
Charlotte will be one of 13 U.S. host cities, and CONCACAF is announcing its other stadium venues throughout this week.
Marks, B. (n.d.). CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer returning to Charlotte in 2019. Retrieved from http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/article211148464.html