Copa America opener and final to be played in North America
The Mercedes-Benzes Stadium in Atlanta will host the opening game of the 2024 Copa América tournament with the final to be played at the Hard Rock stadium in South Florida as the tournament ventures outside its home continent for only the second time.
The other sites and the schedule for the 16-team tournament has not yet been revealed.
The tournament is set to begin on June 20 at at the 71,000-seat Mercedes-Benz stadium, where major league soccer’s Atlanta United has set numerous attendance records.
Defending Copa América champion Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, is expected be one of the teams taking part in the opener.
The retractable-roof stadium near Downtown Atlanta, which opened in 2017, will install a grass field over its artificial playing surface for the tournament.
In the meantime both stadiums have been selected as venues for the 2026 world cup, to be played in the united states, Mexico and Canada.
The Copa América is expanding this season, with six teams from north America joining the usual 10 nations from south America that compete for the Continental Championship. the draw for the tournament will be held in Miami on December 7.