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Gillette Stadium to host South American Championship

BRAZIL TO FEATURE IN 2016 COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO AT GILLETTE STADIUM

Foxborough to host two group stage matches and Quarterfinal date; Ticket pre-sale to start in January

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Copa America Centenario organizers announced today that Gillette Stadium will host the historic centennial edition of the South American championship on June 10, 12 and 18, 2016. The once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event will bring some of the world’s best teams and players to Foxborough, including D2 v. D4 (June 10), Brazil v. B4 (June 12) and 1D v. 2C (June 18), one of the quarterfinal matches. In announcing the schedule, organizers also revealed the four group seeds – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States – as well as the cities each seeded nation will visit.

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The seeded teams and dates of all matches, including the cities each seeded nation will visit and the dates they will play during the group phase of the tournament, were also revealed today.

As the host nation, the United States earns the Group A seed, while Argentina, as the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas (per December FIFA rankings), will be seeded top of Group D.

In celebration of the rich soccer tradition in the hemisphere and as the most decorated nations in the last 100 years in international competitions from their respective confederations, the national teams of Brazil and Mexico have also been awarded group seeds, and will head Groups B and C, respectively. 

The remaining 12 participating nations will be sorted into the four groups in early 2016 based on a public draw. Details of groups and procedures for the draw will be announced leading up to that event. 

To be among the first to access tickets to this historic event, fans can visit www.CA2016.com. Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available. Current New England Revolution and New England Patriot Season Ticket Members will be eligible to purchase tickets for Copa America Centenario during an exclusive private sale in January. More information on the ticket allocation process will be communicated in the coming weeks. 

The 2016 Copa America will add to the already impressive list of soccer matches to be held at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002. In addition to international friendlies such as the one between the U.S. National Team and Brazil in September, the venue has also hosted matches at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 as well as the 2002 MLS Cup and all New England Revolution home games.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have partnered for the historic 2016 Copa America tournament, setting a new standard for inter-confederation cooperation in the Americas and worldwide. The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee, formed by tournament host U.S. Soccer, is a separate entity responsible for certain logistical and organizational details of the competition. For more information on the Copa America Centenario, please visit www.CA2016.com.

(release from Gillette Stadium)

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