Copa América in Brazil: which are the stadiums designated for the opening match and final of the tournament.
Conmebol and the local federation begin to diagram the venues of the tournament matches that start on June 11.
Only ten days before the agreed start date for the Copa América, Conmebol works against the clock in organizing the event. After the entity that regulates South American football confirmed that the tournament would move to Brazil, as happened in the last edition of 2019, now the body evaluates the best stadiums for the matches.
As confirmed by sources from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to Infobae, the opening match would be in Brasilia. The definition will remain for the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, just like when Brazil defeated Peru and became champion two years ago.
The Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia was not part of the five venues that hosted the tournament in 2019. Still, it was used in the 2014 World Cup, making it one of the most modern venues in the country.
It is not surprising that the Maracana is once again the place chosen to finish the Copa América. The largest stadium in Brazil was used later in all the major international events in that country. It was there that the 2014 World Cup was defined and also where the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were held.
Its last major reform was before the World Cup won by Germany, going from 96,000 seats to 80,000 to comply with rules imposed by FIFA. Recently they proposed to rename it with the name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, considered one of the best players of all time.
The Mané Garrincha Stadium increased its capacity from 45,000 to 71,400 spectators for the 2014 World Cup. It was used seven times, with a match in the round of 16, another in the quarter-finals (Belgium-Argentina), and third place. The governor of the Federal District of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, said this Monday that he has "nothing against" the possibility of the city hosting Copa América matches.