Atlanta and Miami to Host 2024 Copa América Matches
Atlanta and Miami have been selected as the host cities for prominent matches in the 2024 Copa América. The tournament will kick off at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on June 20, with the final taking place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on July 14. Here’s everything you need to know:
The Oldest National Team Tournament
- The 2024 Copa América will be the 48th edition of the tournament, making it the oldest national team tournament in the world.
- The tournament will feature 10 teams from CONMEBOL (the South American Football Confederation) and six guest teams from CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football).
- The guest teams will qualify through the 2023-24 CONCACAF Nations League, which will take place this fall.
- This will be the second time the United States has hosted the Copa América. The country previously hosted the tournament in 2016, finishing fourth as an invitee.
- Argentina has hosted the tournament a record nine times and has won it a record 16 times.
Impact on Local Markets and MLS Stars
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with its capacity of 71,000 seats, has already hosted major sporting events such as Super Bowl LIII and the College Football Playoff National Championship. It is also home to MLS team Atlanta United. The stadium will install a grass pitch over its artificial playing surface for the tournament, making it more soccer-friendly.
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, with a capacity of 65,326 seats, already has a grass field and a retractable roof. Both stadiums have also been selected to host matches for the 2026 World Cup.
The 2024 Copa América is not only a significant event for the local markets, but also for MLS. Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi has expressed his desire to compete in the tournament, and if selected, he could represent his team in the opener and final. Atlanta United star Thiago Almada may also have the opportunity to play for Argentina in front of his home crowd.
The 2024 Copa América will be the second time the tournament hosts 16 teams. Ten teams from CONMEBOL automatically qualify, while the remaining six teams will be determined through the CONCACAF Nations League. The United States is on track to qualify after a convincing win against Trinidad and Tobago in the first leg of their quarterfinal match.
While the host cities for the other matches have not been announced yet, fans can expect more information after the group-stage draw on December 7.
Statements from Officials
“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,” said Dan Corso, chairman of the board of Atlanta Sports.
“As a global entertainment destination, we strive to reflect Miami’s dynamic and international culture,” said Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium. “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.”
The 2024 Copa América is set to be an exciting tournament with matches held in Atlanta and Miami. The event will showcase top international talent and provide a boost to the local markets and MLS. Stay tuned for more updates on the host cities and stadiums.