Philadelphia to Host Matches in 2016 Copa America Centenario
- Updated: November 20, 2015
Philadelphia PA: The City of Philadelphia over the last couple of years has established a reputation for hosting some top-class international soccer games. On Thursday, The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced that Philadelphia would be one of 10 U.S. Cities to host matches during the historic Copa America Centenario to be played from June 3-26, 2016, in the United States. The games in Philadelphia will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. This past July, Lincoln Financial Field hosted the finals of the 2015 Gold Cup which saw Mexico defeat Jamaica in front of a crowd of 68,930, the largest crowd to watch a game at the venue & in the city of Philadelphia.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America – the South American championship – and will be staged outside of South America for the first time. The tournament will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL.
Statement from CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit
“The 10 host cities of Copa America Centenario 2016 will provide the perfect stage to unite the American continent in a unique celebration of the football history and talent in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions, We are certain that the host country and the U.S. Soccer Federation, in their roles, will not only display the growing passion for the sport, but also contribute to expanding the legacy and magnitude of this tournament by providing a memorable experience for the whole footballing community.”
Statement from U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati about the 10 USA Venues for 2016 Copa America
“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, 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.”
Statement from Philadelphia Union Executive Vice President Dave Rowan “On behalf of the Philadelphia Union, we’re ecstatic for this city to have the opportunity to host some of biggest international games on the 2016 calendar, In coordination with Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Sports Congress, we’ll do everything in our power to ensure the best possible environment at these games.”
The other Venues with Lincoln Financial Field are
Soldier Field in Chicago
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz
NRG Stadium in Houston
Citrus Bowl in Orlando
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif
CenturyLink Field. in Seattle