Conmebol switches São Paulo Copa America stadium

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has moved to replace one of the host venues in São Paulo for next year’s Copa America national team tournament in Brazil.

Arena Corinthians, home of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A team Corinthians, will now host matches instead of Allianz Parque, home of Palmeiras.

São Paulo FC’s Estádio do Morumbi had already been confirmed as a host venue, ensuring that two stadia in the city will still stage matches during next year’s showpiece event.

Conmebol said it had replaced Allianz Parque with Arena Corinthians due to “commercial” issues involving the former.

Arena Corinthians hosted matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, for which its capacity was increased to 68,000. The facility has a regular capacity of 49,000.

Next year’s Copa America will be the 46th edition of the tournament and is due to take place from June 14 to July 7. São Paulo will be joined by Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador as host cities.

Brazil will be seeking to win the tournament for the first time since 2007. Chile has won the last two editions.

Image: Arena Corinthians