Gold Cup ticket sales surpass 51,000

More than 2,000 tickets have been sold in the past week for the semifinals of the Gold Cup at the Georgia Dome, increasing the total number sold to more than 51,000 as expectations increase that the U.S. and Mexico will advance in the soccer tournament.

The games will be played at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 22.

The U.S., which won Group A, will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Baltimore. They will play either the third-place team from Group B or Group C. The winner will advance to the semifinals. The U.S. hasn’t played in Atlanta since 1977.

Mexico has one game left in its group against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday in Charlotte. Mexico is currently second in the group with four points, two behind Trinidad and Tobago. With a win, “El Tri” will top the group with seven points.

Should Mexico win, tickets sales for the semifinals are expected to increase again even though there is still a quarterfinal game on Saturday in either Baltimore or East Rutherford, N.J.

The record for the number of tickets sold for a soccer match in the city is 68,212, set last year when Mexico played Nigeria.

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