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Austin’s Q2 Stadium to Host North America’s Best in Gold Cup

By Eric Goodman, April 22, 2021, 1:11pm, The Score


Q2 Stadium will host one of two semifinal matches of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July, according to a stadium press release.

It is now likely that Austin will get to host either the United States Men's National Team or the Mexican national team in a competitive match, just one month after opening Q2 Stadium with a U.S. Women's National Team friendly against Nigeria. In the 30 prior Gold Cup semifinals since the competition was established in 1991, 27 featured either the U.S. or Mexico.


Q2 Stadium, the brand-new home of Austin FC located near the Domain, was named one of 11 venues selected to host the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, North America’s largest international men’s soccer tournament.

The Gold Cup is a biannual competition that matches up the 16 best national soccer teams across North America, Central America, and the Carribean, including the United States Men’s National Team and the Mexican national team. The 2021 edition will take place in July and August.

It is unclear whether Austin will get the opportunity to host either or both of the North American giants, as the tournament schedule is still to be determined. Generally, Gold Cup games involving either Team USA or Mexico feature the largest crowds and the highest TV ratings.

The United States and Mexico have dominated the competition in its 30-year history, winning a combined 14 out of 15 editions and matching up in the final four of those times. Mexico won each of those finals, including a 1-0 victory in 2019.

The Gold Cup is the first non-Austin FC-related event set to take place at Q2 Stadium. The $260 million venue at McKalla Place will open its doors June 19th when Austin FC takes on the San Jose Earthquakes. In the meantime, ATXFC is in the early stages of a seven-game road trip to open the season. The Verde lost its debut match, 2-0, to LAFC in Southern California last Saturday.

“It is an honor for Q2 Stadium, in its first year of operations, to be designated as one of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup venues,” Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said in a statement. “Austin FC and the greater Austin region look forward to welcoming Concacaf and qualifying national teams to the world-class Q2 Stadium.”

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