Gold Cup finale attracts largest soccer crowd in Nevada's history

Gold Cup final
Posted at 10:38 PM, Aug 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 10:41:03-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Allegiant Stadium came alive Sunday as it hosted the Gold Cup finale between U.S. and Mexico.

Sunday's event was the first held with fans in attendance at full capacity and some changes were made for accommodating fans coming in.

The sold-out crowd watched the U.S. national soccer team pull out a victory in extra time defeating Mexico 1-0.

“When you look at the game today, we did not stop. It was relentless from us and a mark of a good team,” Gregg Berhalter, coach of the U.S. men’s national team, said.

Changes were made getting to the stadium to keep fans from heat exhaustion.

Organizers added tents for shade and umbrellas to keep the parking staff cool. It also expanded the number of water stations along the Hacienda crossover bridge.

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“There’s a lot of water. It’s a very good idea as we wait in the line," said Felipe Diaz, who lives in Las Vegas.

There were also more signs and staff directing traffic. Some fans said walking a few blocks for parking wasn't ideal but were still able to get to where they needed to be.

“I walked four blocks. That’s no problem to see my team,” Diaz said.

Match officials said Sunday's sold-out game was the largest crowd for any soccer game ever in the state of Nevada.