The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has completed the venue line-up for the United States’ staging of the 2024 Copa América, with the semi-final games awarded to MetLife Stadium and Bank of America Stadium, home of NFL franchises the New York Giants and Jets, and Carolina Panthers, respectively.
CONMEBOL had already announced last month that Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the opening match of next year’s Copa América, while the final of the tournament will take place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
The US will stage the Copa América from June 20 to July 14 as part of a strategic collaboration agreement between CONMEBOL and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
The rest of the venue plan has now been decided, with 32 matches played by the 16 participating teams (10 from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF) in 14 stadia. The venues are as follows:
- Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
- AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
- Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
- GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
- Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
- Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
- NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- Q2 Stadium, Austin, Texas
- SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
The tournament has been devised so that the competition shifts towards the east of the US. Two groups will be contested in the west and centre of the country, with a further two in the east and centre. Quarterfinals will be played in the west and centre, with the tournament’s finale then heading east.
In June last year, FIFA decided on the 16 cities that will host the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada, 11 of which are in the US. Of these, Gillette Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field and Lumen Field have not been selected for the Copa América. Allegiant Stadium, Children’s Mercy Park, Exploria Stadium, Q2 Stadium and State Farm Stadium will not feature at the World Cup.
Commenting on the selection process for the Copa América, Alejandro Domínguez, president of CONMEBOL, said: “We will experience an unforgettable Copa América, enjoying the best football in the world in 14 magnificent stadiums.
“The passion of football will travel this great country from east to west and from north to south, bringing emotions and fun to hundreds of thousands of fans in the venues and millions of other spectators around the world.”
Victor Montagliani, president of CONCACAF, added: “The venues are world class and have passionate fans who are known for supporting major events.
“The exciting prospect of co-hosting Copa América 2024 with our partners at CONMEBOL, plus the variety of CONCACAF competitions we will offer over the next three years, will cement our region as the global hub of football ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”