The semifinal and final of the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League is headed to Las Vegas. On Monday, CONCACAF, the governing body for North American soccer, announced Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium will host the three-game mini-tournament.
Las Vegas is not new to hosting meaningful and major matches. Last summer, Allegiant Stadium saw Real Madrid battle Barcelona in the second edition of El Clasico in the United States. The summer before that saw the USMNT in action. The United States defeated Mexico in the Gold Cup Final in extra time at Allegiant Stadium to win its second trophy of the summer. Interestingly, the first of those two trophies was the CONCACAF Nations League Finals in 2021. However, Denver hosted that three-game competition among four teams.
This year, it is Las Vegas’s turn to host. The four competing teams come from the winners of each of the groups in the CONCACAF Nations League A. After that phase wraps up, the highest-finishing team from the effective group stage plays the lowest-finishing group winner based on points total in the semifinals of the Nations League. Both of the semifinals for the CONCACAF Nations League are on Thursday, June 15. The Final is just a few days later on Sunday, June 18. If it is anything as dramatic as the Final in 2021, it will be worth it to watch.
Tickets for the Nations League Finals in Las Vegas go on sale before the first phase of the competition concludes. Sale opens Monday, March 27, at 1 p.m. ET. However, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica all have two games to play in the three-team round robin. Some of them play later that day, or even on Tuesday, March 28.
Las Vegas hosting the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals
As part of Monday’s announcement on the venue, CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani is excited to get more important games in Las Vegas.
“The City of Las Vegas and Allegiant Stadium will be tremendous hosts of the 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Finals,” Montagliani said. “We all enjoyed an outstanding Gold Cup Final at the same venue in 2021, and I have no doubt the quality of the teams combined with the world-class facility will draw fans from across our region.”
To be fair, Allegiant Stadium is a state-of-the-art location. Opening in the summer of 2020, the stadium cost an estimated $2 billion. The home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium will add another soccer game to its already impressive list of hosting achievements.
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