The 100th Copa America tournament named Philadelphia as one of the host cities for the tournament, according to a joint statement from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Lincoln Financial Field was selected along with Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Soldier Field in Chicago, NRG Stadium in Houston, The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey,The Citrus Bowl in Orlando, The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The tournament is scheduled to start on June 3 and will feature 10 CONMEBOL and 6 CONCACAF teams. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela qualified from CONMEBOL, and the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica have bids from CONCACAF. Four teams will play for the remaining two spots on January 8 in Panama City, with Trinidad and Tobago playing Haiti and Panama facing off against Cuba.
According to a press release from the Philadelphia Union, "Current Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Eagles Season Ticket Members will also be eligible to purchase tickets during an exclusive sale" and that more information on this "will be communicated in the coming weeks." Meanwhile, fans can register to buy tickets online.
Lincoln Financial Field is no stranger to international soccer, as the 2015 Gold Cup Final between Jamaica and Mexico was held there in front of an almost sold out crowd. According to the joint CONCACAF/CONMEBOL press release, "most venues will host at least three games."
The tournament Final will be played on June 26, and it was reported by SI.com that it will be held at MetLife Stadium.