That year, Paul Caligiuri’s winner at National Stadium – as Hasely Crawford was then known – lifted the United States into the World Cup for the first time since 1950.
No reason was given for the change after the Soca Warriors had played nearly all of their previous home qualifiers in Port-of-Spain, but TTFA vice president Ewing Davis has previously mentioned the dual benefits of lesser expenses and more visceral crowd support at the smaller venue.
The announcement managed to draw a hint of criticism from Ato Boldon himself, the four-time Olympic medalist who is the stadium’s namesake.
“Fans absolutely hated going to the last WCQ game played there, so this is not a good look,” Boldon tweeted on Friday afternoon.
- MNT to Face Trinidad Tobago at Ato Bolden Stadium on Oct. 10U.S. Soccer (press release) (registration) (blog)
- US's World Cup qualifier in Trinidad set for 10000-seat stadiumESPN FC
- Trinidad & Tobago to host USMNT in new venueStars and Stripes FC
- US-Trinidad World Cup Qualifier in Couva, Not Port-Of-SpainU.S. News & World Report