Denver to stage first Concacaf Nations League Finals
Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has named Denver, Colorado in USA as the host city for this summer’s inaugural Nations League Finals.
The matches will take place at the 76,000-seater Empower Field at Mile High, home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, from 3 to 6 June.
USA will play Honduras and Mexico will face Costa Rica in the semi-finals on 3 June after each nation finished top of their respective groups in the opening stage in late 2019.
This will be followed by a third-place match and the final on 6 June.
The finals were scheduled to be held in 2020 but were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Empower Field at Mile High has played host to a number of high-profile soccer events in the past, including matches at three Concacaf Gold Cups in 2013, 2017 and 2019.
The Nations League will be shown on national network CBS Sports after it snapped up exclusive English-language rights in the country in February.
All matches will be carried on ViacomCBS’s streaming platform Paramount+, which officially rebranded from CBS All Access last month, albeit it is expected that some USA matches will air on network TV.
With a potential USA-Mexico Final, this would provide bumper ratings for Paramount+.
Following June’s Finals, CBS Sports will continue coverage in future years with the 2022-23 Nations League.
In a wide-ranging deal with Concacaf, CBS also recently added qualifying matches in the region for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, qualifiers for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup and the new Women’s Nations League.
The agreement was struck with the IMG agency, which owns the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers rights in partnership with fellow agency Mediapro, which acts as the host broadcaster for the matches.
In total, Paramount+ will deliver more than 200 Concacaf national team matches live, including at least 80 Women’s World Cup qualifying matches and more than 100 Women’s Nations League contests.
Selected matches will be available to air on CBS Sports linear platforms.
CBS Sports will also deliver additional coverage and original programming and feature highlights across its social channels and CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news network.