Great news was given by the Confederation of North, Central America, and the Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) to national football. Costa Rica’s first match in the 2019 Gold Cup will be played at the National Stadium on Sunday, June 16.
That day will be the double programming of the first day of group B. This will be the first time in the 15 editions of the tournament that will be played matches in Central America.
The official announcement was made this Monday in an activity that took place in the National Stadium with the participation, among others, of the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, the Minister of Sports, Hernán Solano, leaders of the Fedefútbol headed by President Rodolfo Villalobos and representatives of CONCACAF.
President Alvarado commented that this announcement is a recognition of the effort, overcoming and leadership that Costa Rican soccer has experienced in recent years, which led it to position itself among the first eight in the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
For the vice president of the Council of CONCACAF and president of the FEDEFUTBOL, Rodolfo Villalobos, “it is an honor for the Costa Rican Football Federation (FEDEFUTBOL) to have the confidence and support of CONCACAF to host matches in the group stage of the Gold Cup in Costa Rica “.
“This announcement is part of our efforts to transform the Federation into a highly professional entity and a point of reference at the regional level. It is part of the constant and planned efforts to make our football grow. We also celebrate the opportunity Costa Ricans will have to enjoy the Gold Cup at home for the first time in their history, “he added.
The Gold Cup will begin on Saturday, June 15 with the participation of 16 teams and will be the largest edition of the history in which, together with the two group games in Costa Rica, 15 zones of the United States and one Headquarters in the Caribbean, yet to be announced, will welcome the 2019 edition of this competition.
“We are very proud to bring the CONCACAF Gold Cup to Costa Rica, where the fans have shown great excitement, passion and love for our game,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.
“By hosting our main competition in Central America, we are achieving a central principle of our ONE CONCACAF vision, which is to increase access to the game, develop football and ensure that our fans experience the best football quality in the region,” he added.
Tickets for the double day of the Gold Cup in Costa Rica will go on sale on Friday, December 7 and their service points throughout the country. Prices will be $ 19 in sunshine, $ 37 in shade and $ 45 in silver.