Levi’s® Stadium Among 10 Host Venues For COPA America Centenario In June 2016
Levi’s® Stadium has been selected as one of 10 host sites for the Copa America Centenario, which will be played from June 3-26, 2016 in the United States, by teams from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), as announced by the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) today. Specific match dates and competing teams will be announced at a later date with Levi’s® Stadium scheduled to host at least three matches.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario is the historic centennial edition of Copa America, the South American championship that 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.
To be among the first to access tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime event, fans can visit www.CA2016.com. Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available. More ticketing information will be released in the coming weeks.
“Levi’s Stadium was designed to be a home for iconic sports and entertainment events so we’re honored that it was selected as a host venue for one of the world’s most storied soccer tournaments,” said 49ers COO Al Guido. “Working with our friends at the San Jose Earthquakes and the cities of Santa Clara and San Jose to bring the Copa America Centenario, and its international audience of fans from around the world, securing this event for Levi’s Stadium is a great win for the entire Bay Area.”
As part of the multi-year agreement between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Jose Earthquakes to play an annual Earthquakes match at Levi’s® Stadium, the two organizations have collaborated over the last two years on bids to bring international soccer events to Levi’s® Stadium and the new home of the Earthquakes, Avaya Stadium. Following the International Champions Cup match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United in July 2015 and an international friendly between Mexico and Chile in September 2014, Copa America Centenario will serve to greatly enhance the presence of the South Bay on the global soccer landscape.
“The Bay Area continues to attract the biggest matches in international soccer,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “This area has been home to both the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. We are proud to host another historic event next year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America. With the MLS All-Star Game in July and the Copa America Centenario in June, the summer of 2016 will once again be filled with big soccer events.”
Chosen from 24 candidates that originally submitted bids earlier this year, Levi’s® Stadium passed rigorous standards, including minimum seating capacity of 60,000 and other world-class infrastructure requirements, in order to host matches of the high-profile tournament.
“The soccer community in Santa Clara features a diverse cross-section of our citizenry and we’re extremely excited to secure an international event with the significance of the Copa America to Santa Clara,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. “This event will attract thousands of fans to visit Santa Clara from all over the world and we anxiously await the opportunity to stage this historic event.”
“We are thrilled that the Copa America Centenario will be coming to Silicon Valley,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Our region is home to some of the most passionate soccer fans in the country who will relish this opportunity to experience this world-class competition first-hand. We also look forward to welcoming fans from across the globe to enjoy Silicon Valley’s first-rate restaurants, hotels and attractions.”
U.S. Soccer English press release: https://ussoccer.box.com/s/uhn544e0pquuavs4ca8yzmu704e6cvk3
U.S. Soccer Spanish press release: https://ussoccer.box.com/s/mzjm1friaw4lwfztd0p32ss5wtfz00b3
For additional information about the 2016 Copa America Centenario, please visit ussoccer.com.