Atlanta and Miami will host prominent matches for the 2024 Copa América, with Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to host the tournament opener on June 20 and Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to host the final on July 14. Here’s what you need to know:
- The tournament — in its 48th edition next year — is the oldest national team tournament in the world.
- It will include 10 CONMEBOL teams and six guest teams from CONCACAF, with the guest teams qualifying through the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League this fall.
- This is the United States’ second year hosting. The U.S. also hosted the 2016 Copa América, in which it finished fourth as an invitee that year.
- Argentina has hosted the tournament a record nine times and won it a record 16 times.
What they’re saying
“Hosting the opening match of this prestigious tournament is an incredible achievement for everyone involved, and our region’s soccer profile has once again been raised to the highest level with this announcement,” Dan Corso, chairman of the board of Atlanta Sports, said in a statement.
“As a global entertainment destination, we strive to reflect Miami’s dynamic and international culture,” Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, said. “This selection is thanks to the collaborative work of multiple stakeholders, including Stephen Ross, Concacaf, CONMEBOL and our local and national officials. We are excited to offer an incredible world-class experience to both players and fans and to highlight the passion of football in our community.”
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