We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
After the 1994 World Cup now the United States have been selected to host Copa America Centenario, special edition of the Latin American tournament that began in 1916. Great tradition of the competition will be celebrated in a long list of stunning venues.
The country’s football federation, US Soccer, was asked to name 12 stadiums of no less than 50,000. Worth noting, that’s much larger than even the World Cup, which will have stadia of 35,000 in 2018.
According to ESPN’s Friday article (which we’re only aware of now after focusing on Paris over the weekend), US Soccer already picked 10 out of 12 host stadiums.
The list begins with venue for the final, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (New York) with one semifinal held in Pasadena (near LA), at the famous Rose Bowl. Remaining 8 venues listed by ESPN are: CenturyLink Field (Seattle), Soldier Field (Chicago), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia), Gillette Stadium (Foxborough), Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara), University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale), NRG Stadium (Houston) and Citrus Bowl (Orlando).
All of these stadiums can be found on the above map, but it’s worth remembering that even if this would be confirmed, there are still two venues left to be selected. Among them there are some fascinating candidates, some of the world’s best stadiums, like AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Field or the new US Bank Stadium.
The Copa America Centenario will be exceptionally played just after this year’s tournament in Chile. All CONMEBOL countries will participate, while four CONCACAF nations are confirmed as of yet: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica. Two spots left will be decided in playoffs.