PASADENA, California - CONCACAF held a press conference on Wednesday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, to announce that the 2013 Gold Cup will open at the historic venue on July 7 with a doubleheader featuring six-time champion Mexico.
This will be the fourth time that the Rose Bowl has welcomed the confederation's showpiece event through its gates. It hosted group games at the inaugural tournament in 1991 and, in addition to other matches, the final in 2002 and 2011.
For Mexico, it is a return to the stadium where it won its last title, defeating the United States, 4-2, before a capacity crowd of more than 93,000 less than two years ago.
The press conference was attended by CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb; CONCACAF General Secretary, Enrique Sanz; Pasadena Mayor, Bill Bogaard; President of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), Justino Compeán; FMF Head of National Team Programs, Héctor González Iñarritú; and Mexican National Team head coach, José Manuel de la Torre.