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Concacaf Announces Venues and Dates for the 2019 Gold Cup Seeded Nations; All Venue Assignments Are Now Set

Concacaf Announces Venues and Dates for the 2019 Gold Cup Seeded Nations; All Venue Assignments Are Now Set

Miami (Friday, October 12, 2018) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced the venues and dates of the seeded nations in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, as well as all match dates for each venue of the 15th edition of the confederation’s continental championship.

Next summer’s tournament will be the first to feature an expanded version, with 16 countries vying for continental glory in what is set to be the largest Gold Cup in history. The seeded nations, the four highest ranked nations based on the Concacaf Ranking Index for September 2018 – in alphabetical order: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States – and their respective groups, will play as follows:

Group A – Mexico
June 15: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
June 19: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
June 23: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Group B – Costa Rica
June 16: Non-US venue to be determined
June 20: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
June 24: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Group C – Honduras
June 17: Non-US venue to be determined
June 21: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
June 25: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

Group D – United States 
June 18: Allianz Field, Saint Paul, MN
June 22: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
June 26: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS

Concacaf also announced the dates and venues for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Gold Cup. Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Nashville join Chicago in hosting the decisive knock out round of the 2019 Gold Cup, after it was announced in late September that Soldier Field will host the Final, on Sunday, July 7.

Quarterfinals (Doubleheaders)
June 29: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX (QF1: 1B v 2A & QF2: 1A v 2B)*
June 30: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA (QF3: 1C v 2D & QF4: 1D v 2C)*

Semifinals
July 2: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ (Winner QF1 v Winner QF2)
July 3: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN (Winner QF3 v Winner QF4)

Final
July 7: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

*Order of the matches subject to change

The complete groups and schedule will be announced early next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the Concacaf Nations League Qualifier, with rounds upcoming in October and November of 2018, and March of 2019.   To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States,

–  The announcement of the Concacaf Ranking for September 2018 can be found here

–  For more information on the qualification process to the Concacaf 2019 Gold Cup, click here

–  To see a 2019 Gold Cup hype video, click here

Taking place every two years, the Concacaf Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

Exclusive Presale Offering
Fans can now visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup gameday in 2019, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2019 Gold Cup will go on sale to the public on October 23rd at 10am local*. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

*Allianz Field and Children’s Mercy Park tickets will go on-sale at a later date. Sign-up at GoldCup.org to receive additional information for when Minneapolis and Kansas City tickets go on-sale.

Visual Assets for Media Members
CONCACAF, together with the Local Host Committees, have prepared visual assets to aid media members in their coverage of this announcement. To access photos and video footage of the stadiums and other assets, please click here. You may need to copy and then paste the link into your browser.

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NRG STADIUM TO HOST QUARTERFINAL DOUBLE HEADER JUNE 29 IN 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

NRG STADIUM TO HOST QUARTERFINAL DOUBLE HEADER JUNE 29 IN 2019 CONCACAF GOLD CUP

 NEED TO KNOW:

  • NRG Stadium will host the first quarterfinal doubleheader on Saturday, June 29, 2019, featuring the winners of A1 vs C2, and C1 vs A2.
  • Mexico is the top seed in Group A and Honduras is the top seed in Group C.

HOUSTON (Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018) – Houston will host a doubleheader of quarterfinal matches on June 29, 2019 in the 15th edition of the confederation’s continental championship CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Confederation of North and Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today in partnership with the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, the Houston Dynamo and Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.

The Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the region, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean, taking place biannually. The 2019 edition is the first to include an expanded version with 16 teams, allowing more teams from the region to shine on a regional and global stage. As this is the 15th edition of the tournament, a record 15 venues will host matches in 2019. The seeded nations, the four highest ranked nations based on the CONCACAF Ranking Index for September 2018 are Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. Mexico is the top seed in Group A and Honduras is the top seed in Group C.

The complete groups and schedule will be announced early next year, once all nations have qualified for the Gold Cup via the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier, with rounds upcoming in October and November of 2018, and March of 2019. To date, six of the 16 national teams scheduled to participate have qualified for next year’s tournament, those being the countries that participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier round: Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

NRG Stadium has been host to the Gold Cup four times previously, most recently in 2011 when it hosted the tournament semifinals. The stadium has also hosted a quarterfinal doubleheader twice in the past. This marks the fourth consecutive edition of the tournament in which BBVA Compass Stadium will serve as a host venue for the Gold Cup. The facility has been a part of every Gold Cup held since it opened in 2012.

Eight Gold Cup host markets – including Houston – have been announced as the United Bid’s final candidate host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Cerveza Modelo, Nike, Scotiabank, and Toyota. The tournament will be broadcast nationally on the Univision and FOX family of networks and transmitted on radio in Spanish by Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and broadcast by television partners in countries around the world.

Exclusive Presale Offering

Fans can now visit www.GoldCup.org to sign up for an exclusive pre-sale offering for any Gold Cup gameday in 2019, before seats go on sale to the general public. Tickets for the 2019 Gold Cup will go on sale to the public on October 23rd at 10 a.m. local. The LOC encourages fans to purchase their tickets early in order to secure the best seats for a great fan experience.

 The announcement of the CONCACAF Ranking Index for September 2018 can be found here. For more information on the qualification process to the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019, click here.

 Visual Assets for Media Members

CONCACAF, together with the Local Host Committees, have prepared visual assets to aid media members in their coverage of this announcement. To access photos and video footage of the stadiums and other assets, please click here. You may need to copy and then paste the link into your browser.

ABOUT HARRIS COUNTY – HOUSTON SPORTS AUTHORITY

The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority is a government agency that maintains and oversees the bond debt service on the professional sports stadiums, as well as assists with the sports marketing for the destination.

 

ABOUT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM

BBVA Compass Stadium is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches, Houston Dash matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.

Football

H-E-B Extends Sponsorship of The Battle of the Piney Woods

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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

H-E-B extends sponsorship OF THE BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS

HOUSTON – H-E-B is extending its relationship with Lone Star Sports and Entertainment as presenting sponsor of The Battle of the Piney Woods through the 2019 event, game officials announced today ahead of the rivalry’s 93rd edition on Saturday, Oct. 6.  The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B is the annual football game between Southland Conference rivals Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

H-E-B became the game’s sponsor starting in 2015 before its 90th edition. This was also the same year that NRG Stadium became the permanent home for the rivalry after the City of Houston’s sixth time hosting the game.

In 2017, the Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 27-16 before a crowd of 26,792 fans at NRG Stadium. The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, making it the third-oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston holds a 55-35-2 edge in the series following last year’s victory.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available by calling 832-667-2390 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com.

 

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $25 billion, operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 113th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 110,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit heb.com.

CONTACT:           Allie LeClair (832) 667-2050; allie.leclair@houstontexans.com

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BATTLE OF THE PINEY WOODS COACHES KICKOFF LUNCHEON SET FOR FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH AT NRG STADIUM

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018                                                           

Both head coaches available immediately following the luncheon

COACHES KICKOFF LUNCHEON – Lone Start Sports and Entertainment will host the Coaches Kickoff Luncheon presented by Don Sanders on Friday, Oct. 5th starting at 11 a.m. at NRG Stadium.  This year’s luncheon will feature both head coaches from Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin ahead of Saturday’s Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B. Game credentials and parking for Saturday’s game will also be available for pickup at the Houston Texans offices on the second floor of NRG Stadium (enter through Bud Light Plaza off Kirby and Westridge) beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. One person must pick up and sign for their entire outlet’s credential packet.

Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. Keeler and Stephen F. Austin Interim Head Coach Jeff Byrd will both be available to the media immediately following the luncheon at 12:45 p.m. in the Verizon West Club at NRG Stadium.

Coach Keeler and Coach Byrd will each speak to fans at the luncheon, which will be emceed by Houston Texans Radio Sideline Reporter John Harris.  Saturday’s game, the 93rd edition of the rivalry, will be broadcast on ESPN 3 and heard locally on Sports Radio 610 starting at 1 p.m. CT.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available starting at $15 and can be purchased by visiting www.botpw.com or calling 832-667-2390.

WHAT:

Battle of the Piney Woods Coaches Kickoff Luncheon presented by Don Sanders

WHO:

Sam Houston State Head Coach K.C. Keeler

Stephen F. Austin Interim Head Coach Jeff Byrd

WHERE:

NRG Stadium
Verizon West Club

WHEN:

Friday, Oct. 5th starting at 11 a.m.
Coaches’ media availability at 12:45 p.m.

CONTACT:

Stephanie Ramsey, LSSE –
stephanie.ramsey@houstontexans.com

 

GAME CREDENTIALS – Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B media credentials may be picked up at the Houston Texans offices on the second floor of NRG Stadium (enter through Bud Light Plaza off Kirby and Westridge) beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3 until Friday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. One person must pick up their entire outlet’s credential packet.

If you will not be able to make it to NRG Stadium to pick up your credential and parking pass in advance of the game, please email stephanie.ramsey@houstontexans.com and provide a FedEx number for overnight shipping.

On the day of the game, credentials can be picked up at the Media Will Call window at NRG Stadium, located on the west side of the stadium, beginning three hours prior to kickoff (10 a.m. CT) until the end of the first quarter of the game.

Please note that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect. For more information, visit here.

Football

H-E-B Extends Sponsorship of the Battle of the Piney Woods

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

Friday, October 6, 2017

HOUSTON – H-E-B is extending its relationship with Lone Star Sports and Entertainment as presenting sponsor of The Battle of the Piney Woods through the 2018 event, game officials announced today ahead of the rivalry’s 92nd edition on Saturday, Oct. 7.  The Battle of the Piney Woods presented by H-E-B is the annual football game between Southland Conference rivals Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

H-E-B became the game’s sponsor starting in 2015 before its 90th edition. This was also the same year that NRG Stadium became the permanent home for the rivalry after the city of Houston’s sixth time hosting the game.

In 2016, the Sam Houston State Bearkats defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 63-28 before a crowd of 27,411 fans at NRG Stadium, the largest in the history of the rivalry. The Battle of the Piney Woods dates back to 1923, making it the third-oldest college football rivalry in the state of Texas. Sam Houston holds a 54-35-2 edge in the series following last year’s victory.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available by calling 832-667-2390 or visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com.

 

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 100,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit heb.com.

CONTACT:           Allie LeClair (832) 667-2050; allie.leclair@houstontexans.com