The first of the two semifinals has not yet ended – U.S.-Panama is still on-going as I write this, – but CONCACAF officials have just announced that all 90,000 tickets have been sold at the Pasadena venue.
I’m guessing most of those buyers are not expecting a Panama-Honduras final, although the U.S. is currently tied 0-0 with about 25 minutes to go in the second half with the Central American nation it lost to earlier in the tournament. Mexico plays Honduras in the second game of today’s doubleheader.
There will be no ticket sales period at the Gold Cup final Saturday and CONCACAF officials are urging fans to arrive “very early” – before 4 p.m. – to ensure they see the opening kickoff. Even picking up previously ordered tickets on game day can be a challenge.
From the CONCACAF press release:
Fans arriving after 4 p.m. can expect a long walk to the stadium and may even possibly be late for the start of the match.
Fans are also encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Futbol Fiesta, a 120,000 sq. ft. interactive fan area featuring live music, interactive elements, giveaways and a beer garden. Futbol Fiesta will open at 2 p.m. in Area H on the South end of the Rose Bowl.
Finally, fans are encouraged to carpool or utilize alternative means of transportation like the Metro Gold Line or the Old Pasadena Shuttle Bus, which is free and begins service at 3 p.m. and runs until 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
Parking at the stadium is $20, but unless you’re planning to barbecue on the golf course I’d recommend the free shuttle, which is fast and convenient.
Oh, and temperatures are expected to hit 80 degrees in Pasadena Saturday.
The 6 p.m. game is live on Fox Soccer Channel and Univision.
The U.S. beat Panama 1-0 from a Clint Dempsey goal off a Landon Donovan cross (the Panamanian defender marking Dempsey really should have prevented that ball from reaching Dempsey on the far post).
The U.S. now awaits the winner of the Mexico-Honduras semifinal.