US Soccer has revealed the long-list of cities interested in hosting games during the Copa America Centenario in 2016.
Twenty-four metropolitan areas of the US have expressed interest in staging games, with final proposals to be made by mid-March. The winning cities will then be revealed in May, with US Soccer anticipating between eight to thirteen stadiums to be used in total; each to have a minimum capacity of 50,000.
The US was announced as the host of the special tournament – that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL, South America’s soccer association – last May. The June event will feature teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North America and Central America.
US Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, said:
The interest level from cities across the nation has been phenomenal. Everyone understands the tournament will be a huge event during the summer of 2016, and it’s exciting to see all of these cities putting together bids to be involved. With over 18 months until the tournament starts, we already are starting to see the impact and interest the tournament will have with soccer fans across the United States.
The full list of interested cities are: Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, St Louis, Greater New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Nashville, Dallas, Houston and Seattle.
The Copa America will be staged as normal later this year, with Chile playing host, before the Copa America Centenario takes place between June 3-26, 2016. Brazil and Ecuador have already been confirmed as hosts of the Copa America in 2019 and 2023 respectively.
The ‘Copa America Centenario’ logo
Set against a black backdrop, the logo features a sleek design of the Copa America trophy in the middle, with red, blue and green curves forming the shape of a soccer ball. The years ‘1916’ and ‘2016’ signify the CONMEBOL’s upcoming centennial and the streaks of colour circling the trophy represent the two confederations, blue for CONCACAF and green for CONMEBOL.
The logo was designed by British-based company The Works Ltd and features a red, white and blue stripe next to the word ‘USA’ at the bottom of the logo, signifying the hosting country for the tournament.