MetLife Stadium to host Copa Centenario


December 18, 2015
@Normal:Argentina's Lionel Messi (left) fight for the ball with Jamaica's Rodolph Austin (centre) and Je-Vaughn Watson during a Copa América Group B match at the Sausalito Stadium in Vina del Mar, Chile.

New Jersey's MetLife Stadium will play host to next year's final of the historic Copa America Centenario, organisers have announced.

The stadium, which boasts a capacity of 82 000, will take centre stage for the June 3-26 tournament, scheduled to be played across 10 venues across the United States.

Games will also be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Levi Stadium in San Francisco, NRG Stadium in Houston, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the Orlando Citrus Bowl and Soldier Field in Chicago.

Sixteen teams, comprising six from the North, Central America and Caribbean confederation (CONCACAF) and 10 from South America, will do battle in the tournament. Caribbean champions Jamaica's Reggae Boyz have already qualified for the tournament, while Trinidad and Tobago will contest a play-off next month against Haiti, to determine their place.

The tournament marks the 100-year anniversary of the prestigious Copa America, which will be staged outside South America for the first time in its history.

MetLife Stadium has been the venue for several major football games in the past. Giants Argentina and Brazil clashed there three years ago, while matches during the 2011 and 2015 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup were also played at the venue.

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