Ahead of Olympics, U.S. in the Grip of Copa America Centenario

Much of the attention this summer will be turned to the upcoming Games in Rio. But closer to home is Copa America Centenario, where play began just last week. And for soccer fans who have a bucket list and aren’t afraid to use it, this is a big item.

Fact is, Copa predates the World Cup by 14 years. It was previously known as the South American Championship, and this marks the first time it will be played in the U.S. – although it’s certainly not the first time times outside South America have played. According to an article in the Washington Post, the event started admitting guest nations in 1993. The United States reached the 1995 semifinals in Uruguay.  Mexico has gone to five semifinals and finished second in 1993 and 2001. Japan dropped by once.

But of course, what those involved in sports facility construction want to know is this: Which venues will be used? Here you go:

City (Stadium: Capacity)
Foxborough, MA (Gillette Stadium: 68,756)
East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium: 82,500)
Philadelphia, PA (Lincoln Financial Field: 69,596)
Orlando, FL (Orlando Citrus Bowl: 70,000)
Chicago, IL (Soldier Field: 61,500)
Houston, TX (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, WA (CenturyLink Field: 67,000)

Those who want to catch the U.S. MNT play can see them in Santa Clara (against Colombia), in Chicago (against Costa Rica) and in Philadelphia (against Paraguay). After that, it’s really up to the team itself. A top-two finish would move the U.S. to the quarterfinal in Seattle or East Rutherford, N.J. Chicago and Houston will host the semifinals.

A play schedule is available here and tickets can be purchased here. And for those who want to watch games from home, a broadcast schedule is available here.

According to reports, many fields have been resurfaced or renovated in preparation for Copa play. If any of our members did the work, let us know!

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