Seattle has long been rumored to be one of the hosts for the first Copa América tournament held outside of South America, and recent hints seemed to confirm it. But any lingering doubts in the back of your mind that the Pacific Northwest might be snubbed can be put to rest. CenturyLink Field should host at least three matches featuring the top talent in the Western Hemisphere, tournament organizers announced.
The 10 host venues were chosen from 24 original bids, and Seattle's was among those that passed "rigorous standards" for the massive 100th-anniversary event. A key requirement was a minimum seating capacity of 60,000. A temporary grass pitch will presumably be installed for the Copa games, which will run from June 3-26, 2016.
Tickets are not yet available, but those interested can sign up here to receive the first updates on ticket pricing and availability. Current Major League Soccer season ticket holders will have access to an exclusive private ticket sale, according to MLS (they promise more information soon).
The CONCACAF teams so far with spots in the tourney are the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica. They will be joined by the winners of a double-header playoff (January 8, 2016, Panama City). Trinidad and Tobago face Haiti, and Panama faces Cuba. The two winners will join in testing themselves against the best of South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
As a host city, Seattle joins Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), and San Francisco (Levi's Stadium).