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MetLife Stadium to host Copa America Centenario Final

Photo by Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports
Photo by Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports

Come June 26, MetLife Stadium is sure to be rocking.

On Wednesday, CONCACAF announced that MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host the 2016 Copa America Centenario Final. The 82,000 seat stadium does have an artificial grass field, but has previously laid temporary grass over it for international friendlies.

The complete format, including match dates at each venue, of the Copa America Centenario schedule will be revealed on Thursday.

The other host cities and stadiums for next year’s competition include: Foxborough (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Pasadena (Rose Bowl), New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix/Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium), Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field).

Most venues will host at least three matches.

The Copa America Centenario is a tournament celebrating the 100 years of South American soccer history. The competition will be a one-off event, with games kicking off from June 3-26. All 10 CONMEBOL nations will participate, while the U.S. Men’s National Team, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica will also take part in the competition.

The two other CONCACAF nations that will join those 14 will be determined in a playoff round. Panama-Cuba, as well as Trinidad & Tobago-Haiti, will be play a one-off knockout match on Jan. 8 in Panama City, Panama.

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