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.


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