The Copa America Centenario is going to be a tremendous success and that’s no surprise to soccer fans with international superstars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Neymar and James Rodriguez coming to the United States.
Just how big might surprise you, however. In a recent article in Forbes, it is being estimated that the upcoming 16 team tournament to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of South America’s most important international competition that will be played in 10 cities could be the biggest soccer event in the United States since the 1994 World Cup that was played in the United States.
“The scale of the 2016 Copa America Centenario will be, at a minimum, twice the size of Copa America 2015, from both in-stadium attendance, global television reach and US market awareness,” Kathy Carter, President of Soccer United Marketing, Major League Soccer’s commercial arm, told Forbes. “This will be the single biggest soccer event since the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and we expect that to start with the launch of ticket sales.” (Forbes)
Copa America is estimating that around 2 million fans will attend the 32 matches across the country. Ticket sales will go on sale to the general public begin February 3, 2016 and fans can go to the Copa America’s website to register for tickets at CA2016.com.
The four seeded teams are Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States, the draw for the groups will take place in early February 2016.
Here are the National teams participating
Chile (Copa América title holders)
Chicago (Soldier Field)
Foxborough (Gillette Stadium)
Houston (NRG Stadium)
New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium)
Pasadena (Rose Bowl)
Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Seattle (CenturyLink Field)
“This event is going to be so big that we believe that it will equal or exceed domestic television ratings for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and we all know how much that event grabbed hold of the country,” said Carter.
Every bar and outdoor viewing party was tuned into soccer. It’s happening again this June in the US.