Ten Copa Centenario cities picked

Ten U.S. venues have been selected to host matches during the 2016 Copa America Centenario to be played June 3-26.

Three stadiums are currently used by MLS teams: Gillette Stadium (New England), Orlando Citrus Bowl (Orlando) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle). Eight of the 10 stadiums are used by NFL teams. All stadiums have a minimum capacity of 60,000.

Copa Centenario Venues:
Foxborough. MA
(Gillette Stadium: 68,756)
East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium: 82,500)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field: 69,596)
Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl: 70,000)
Chicago (Soldier Field: 61,500)
Houston (NRG Stadium: 71,500)
Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl: 92,542)
Glendale, AZ (University of Phoenix Stadium: 63,400)
Santa Clara, CA (Levi’s Stadium 68,500)
Seattle (CenturyLink Field: 67,000)

“These 10 cities and venues will provide a fantastic setting for fans across the world to attend Copa America Centenario and allow them to see the amazing passion for soccer in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. “The participating teams and fans will be treated to a first-class environment in each city and stadium, adding to the world-class talent that will be competing on the field. We are looking forward to working closely with all of the cities and venues in hosting this prestigious event and creating an extraordinary experience for fans.”

The tournament will consist of 16 teams: the 10 members of South America's Conmebol and six teams from Concacaf.

The host United States and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Central American Cup winner) and Jamaica (2014 CFU Caribbean Cup winner) qualified with regional championships last year.

The final two teams from Concacaf will be the winners in a January doubleheader in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama will face Cuba.

The 10 South American teams are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

8 comments about "Ten Copa Centenario cities picked".
  1. Daniel Santacruz, November 20, 2015 at 6:35 a.m.

    On the list of 10 cities picked for Copa Centenario you said that East Rutherford is in California. It is in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Please fix.

  2. Roberto Martinez, November 20, 2015 at 8:46 a.m.

    I'm very surprised, and disappointed, that AT&T Stadium in Dallas (Arlington, TX to be precise) isn't on the list. It has hosted many sold-out international matches over the last 5 yrs, and seems perfect to be one of the featured stadiums.

  3. James Hardern replied, November 20, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

    Not too mention that middle America kind of got the shaft in this selection. Not one of Denver, KC, Dallas, Nashville. But Philly and East Rutherford both?

  4. David Mont, November 20, 2015 at 10:19 a.m.

    Are they going to replace plastic with real grass for the tournament?

  5. Gus Keri, November 20, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.

    I think it's a fair distribution for the density of the population. 4 stadiums in the east and 3 in the west and 3 in the middle of America. And I am sure they will make all fields natural grass.

  6. Wooden Ships replied, November 20, 2015 at 1:19 p.m.

    Sure hope so Gus, because in recent history some of the fields have been a major embarrassment and dangerous to boot. We will have graduated to international futbal respect-integrity when no pro teams play on turf. Also dropping soccer as our nomenclature.

  7. humble 1 replied, November 20, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

    Soccer is Calcio in Italy and they do ok. Wembley Stadium in England has a mixed surface, mostly artificial, with grass sprinkled over the top. This is common in England. They still call it grass. Kids in Spain and across South America grow up playing on dirt and gravel. In Uruguay and Brazil they play on the beach in summer and on hard surfaces indoors during winter. I hope we don't get hung up on semantics, find the passion, play the game!

  8. Wooden Ships, November 20, 2015 at 2:57 p.m.

    I hear ya Pete and passion is what gives me some if my thoughts. Didn't know that about Wembley and other English football fields. I am aware of the different surfaces used in other countries. Dirt, gravel, beach, hard surfaces equal Futsal skills. I was mostly referring to our unabashed acceptance of artificial turf in too many venues. There is a reason FIFA doesn't accept it, unless of course you're a woman. Goodbye Blatter. For next summers games, is it only stadium capacity that the USSF chose to not use the great grass fields in KC and Frisco? Denver also. We reward these cities for getting soccer specific facilities by ignoring them? Bad judgement.

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