Copa America Centenario 2016 Schedule & Venues

The draw for Copa America 2016 recently unfolded in New York as a panel of draw team members stood before a large, oval-shaped high-definition screen that revealed the four groups of four. Here are four things all fans of the historic tournament should know in advance of the 32-matches staged all over North America throughout the month of June.

Team USA’s Outlook

Some media outlets are in full panic mode, referring to the draw as everything from a nightmare scenario to a death certificate for the team in stars and stripes. They are grouped with Columbia, Costa Rica and Paraguay, three of the stronger teams in the 16-team tournament.

Team USA will kick off Copa America 2016 with a match against Columbia on Friday, June 3 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. They will then play in Chicago at Soldier Field against Costa Rica on June 7 before wrapping up the initial round with a match against Paraguay at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on June 11.

Did Juergen Klinsmann-led squad get a tough draw? Absolutely. But these are going to be three stellar games wherein Team USA can gauge itself against some of the greatest soccer teams in the world.

Copa – By the Numbers

In 100 years of competition, this is the first time that the prestigious tournament is being hosted outside of South America. The 16 teams span two international confederations – 10 come from South America’s CONMEBOL, highlighted by Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay. The other six come from CONCACAF, including Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States. At eight letters apiece, it’s a draw in terms of the longest conference acronym.

The Venues

The action will unfold between June 3 and June 26 in 10 of the most impressive structures in all of sports. All have capacities over 50,000, and all threw their proverbial chips into the pot for a draw that determined when and where each team will play. Cities that seem to have ended up on the lucky side of the outcome include Levi’s Stadium, which will host the aforementioned USA game, as well as two others in the Group Stage and one in the quarterfinals.

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey will only host one Group Stage match, but the massive outdoor locale will also host a quarterfinals matchup on June 17 and the Copa Championship Final on Sunday, June 26. Fans in Chicago are looking forward to three Group Stage matches at Soldier Field, as well as the Semifinal match on Wednesday, June 22. For so many hubs of sports and entertainment to clear out so many days on the schedule in advance of a random draw shows just how much the entire country is valuing the opportunity to host this great tournament for the first time.

The view from Las Vegas

Casinos are already posting odds on each team’s chances of winning the tournament. Argentina and Brazil are the clear favorites, and there is a distinct chance that they could meet in the finals based on the draw breakdown. Argentina is currently a 3.5-1 favorite, and Brazil is only a slightly longer shot at 4-1.

Oddsmakers have given both Columbia and Team USA a 1-in-15 chance to win the tournament. They sit on the board alongside Mexico at 13-1 and Chile at 12-1. Fans interested in a long shot may want to kick the tires on Ecuador at 45-1 or Paraguay at 62-1. The longest shot on the board is Jamaica, at 101-1.

Copa America Centenario 2016 Scedule

Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL
Costa Rica vs. Paraguay – June 4
Panama vs. Bolivia – June 6
Brazil vs. Haiti – June 8

University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
Mexico vs. Uruguay – June 5
Ecuador vs. Peru – June 8
Third Place Game – June 25

CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.
Haiti vs. Peru – June 4
Argentina vs. Bolivia – June 14
Quarterfinal A1 vs. B2 – June 16

Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
Brazil vs. Ecuador – June 4
Colombia vs. Paraguay – June 7
Mexico vs. Jamaica – June 9

Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
Chile vs. Bolivia – June 10
Brazil vs. Peru – June 12
Quarterfinal D1 vs. C2 – June 18

Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
United States vs. Colombia – June 3
Argentina vs. Chile – June 6
Uruguay vs. Jamaica – June 13
Quarterfinal C1 vs. D2 – June 18

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia
Uruguay vs. Venezuela – June 9
United States vs. Paraguay – June 11
Chile vs. Panama – June 14

NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
Colombia vs. Costa Rica – June 11
Mexico vs. Venezuela – June 13
Semifinal – June 21

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford
Ecuador vs. Haiti – June 12
Quarterfinal B1 vs. A2 – June 17
Final – June 26

Soldier Field – Chicago

Jamaica vs. Venezuela – June 5
United States vs. Costa Rica – June 7
Argentina vs. Panama – June 10
Semifinal – June 22

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