The 2016 Copa Centenario, Conmebol's 100th anniversary of the Copa America, will be staged after all and held in the United States. For months, the tournament was in doubt as Conmebol and Concacaf,
the tournament's two organizers, became mixed up in the soccer scandal that resulted in indictments against 14 FIFA officials and sports marketing executives. The event will be held June 3-26 in
venues across the United States.
Indeed, the idea for the tournament had been hatched as part of a scheme to fund bribes of $110 million to be shared by the leaders of South American
U.S. Soccer will organize and execute the event and immediately will begin securing venues for the tournament and planning the operational aspects of the event. A new tournament
executive committee made up of two representatives from Conmebol, two representatives from Concacaf and one representative from U.S. Soccer will govern the event.
A minimum seating
capacity of 50,000 is required for tournament venues from among 24 cities who submitted bids.
In a joint statement, Conmebol and Concacaf said: “We are extremely happy for our fans,
our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s
operations and finances. The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes – to celebrate the 100 years
of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the Concacaf and Conmebol regions.”