Report: MetLife Stadium to host 2016 Copa America Centenario final
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will host the 2016 Copa America Centenario final, reports ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre.
In October, the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed that the United States would host the 2016 Copa América Centenario, a 16-team tournament that features all 10 CONMEBOL (South America) members and six nations from CONCACAF.
U.S. Soccer announced that 24 metropolitan areas with stadiums seating at least 50,000 submitted hosting proposals for the tournament. The competition will take place in 12 cities across the U.S., and 10 have reportedly already been decided.
The reported venues, in addition to MetLife and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which would likely host a semifinal, are Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Reliant Stadium in Houston, Soldier Field in Chicago, the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The tournament is set to be held June 3-26, but the full list of venues are still to be determined. MetLife Stadium, which serves as the home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets, has a capacity of 83,000.
After several top CONCACAF and CONMEBOL officials became embroiled in this summer's FIFA corruption scandal, the Copa America Centenario appeared to be in jeopardy. The New York Times reported that the U.S. could withdraw as the host for the tournament. In May, three people associated with CONMEBOL were indicted following the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into widespread corruption in international soccer. U.S. Soccer wanted to be protected in case that CONMEBOL officials were arrested, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament marks the& 100th anniversary of international soccer’s first continental championship.