The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), which markets the entire state, welcomed soccer fans from all over the nation to the 2013 Central America and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Cuba and Belize will kick off the double header action at 5:30 p.m. on July 16, followed by an 8:00 p.m. rematch of March 22’s “Snow Bowl,” where the United States will battle Costa Rica.
“This is the first time since 2006 that the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team is in Connecticut, and that adds to the excitement of holding the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s final round of Group C games here,” said Curt Jensen, director of sports marketing, CTCSB. “The games will generate more than 3,000 room nights for Greater Hartford. The economic impact to our region from this tournament is projected to exceed $2 million.”
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is held every two years at a mix of historic venues and soccer facilities around North America. The 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup promises to provide fans with unforgettable atmospheres, both in stadiums and at home. In 2011, the Gold Cup drew more than 600,000 fans throughout the13 match-days, including nine sell-outs.
A pre-game tailgate at Lot 9 will be hosted by the American Outlaws, an unofficial supporter group for the U.S. soccer team. Complimentary grilled food will be provided, and at 7 p.m., the crowd will gather and march inside the stadium together.