Copa America Final 2016: 100th Year Celebration at MetLife Stadium

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The MetLife Stadium has got a terrific deal. The stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey has been chosen to be the venue for the 2016 Centennial Copa America final June 26.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, “The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football made the announcement Wednesday. Grass will be installed over the artificial turf.”

The 16-team Copa America tournament, South America’s national-team championship, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and the final is scheduled at the MetLife Stadium. The tournament starts on June 3 and includes 10 teams from South America and six from the CONCACAF region, as per the reports.

CONCACAF stated, “The full tournament schedule will be announced Thursday. Games will be played in Chicago; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Glendale, Arizona; Houston; Orlando, Florida; Pasadena, California; Philadelphia; Santa Clara, California; and Seattle.”

The MetLife stadium has been named the Top Grossing Stadium in the World, as per their official website.

“Each year, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games (twice as many as any other NFL Stadium), major concerts and entertainment events, college sporting events, international soccer matches, motor sports, and family shows.”

The New York Daily reports that the Stadium is all set for one of the biggest sporting events ever since it hosted the Italy beat Bulgaria, 2-1, in the 1994 World Cup semifinals.

Some related Facts

Cost: $1.6 billion

Venue Size: 2.1 million square feet

Capacity: 82,500, capability for 90,000 for non-football major events

Suites:  200+ on four separate levels; 16-24 seats per suite

Suite Designer: David Rockwell Group

Club Seating Capacity: Over 10,000 seats

Clubs:  Toyota Coaches Club, Chase Club, Lexus Club, Commissioners Club and the MetLife 50 Club

Parking: Approximately 28,000 spaces

Mass Transportation: NJ Transit rail station located in front of stadium; accessible from New York Penn Station and Newark Penn Station- approximately 20 minutes door to door

Architects: 360 Architects, Ewing Cole, David Rockwell and Bruce Mau Designs

Food Service/Merchandise Partner: Delaware North Companies (Sportservice)

The stats have been extracted from the official Metlife Stadium Website.

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