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ARENA Events+Venues to aid delivery of 2024 Copa América

Featured image credit: CONMEBOL

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has continued its association with ARENA Events+Venues by awarding the technical consultancy firm a contract for the 2024 Copa América.

The two parties have signed an agreement in which they will partner for technical infrastructure consultancy, development of maps and plans, and overlay planning services for the 14 stadia chosen for the United States’ hosting of the national team tournament.

The Copa América’s 48th edition will be organised in partnership with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), with six invited teams from the region joining the 10 countries affiliated with CONMEBOL. This, said CONMEBOL, will lead to “complex operations” at different operational levels.

“The support offered by ARENA will be essential in helping with this great challenge of adapting our operational model to the facilities provided by the stadiums and to efficiently identify and fill any major gaps that may exist, achieving an event with CONMEBOL’s standard of excellence,” said Thiago Jannuzzi, chief operating officer of the CONMEBOL Copa América.

“We have great confidence in this partnership and in the ability of the ARENA team to contribute to create an environment where every aspect aligns perfectly to deliver an unforgettable spectacle.”

ARENA Events+Venues, which has offices in Miami, São Paulo and Doha, has been in partnership with CONMEBOL since 2018.

Carlos de La Corte, CEO and founder of ARENA Events+Venues, said: “We are very excited to participate in and support this great event, being able to seek operational solutions for CONMEBOL’s functional areas, leveraging all our previous experiences.

“The importance of the event is represented by the latent passion in the large Latin community in the United States and by the architectural, functional, scale, and typological diversity of the 14 stadiums that will host the competition matches.

“It is an honour and a major milestone for the company’s journey. We will engage our best team to meet this challenge.”

CONMEBOL in December completed the venue line-up for 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 announced in November that Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the opening match of this 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 CONCACAF.