Morumbi, Maracana stadiums to host key matches of 2019 Copa America in Brazil

A view of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. EPA-EFE/File

Asuncion, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- South America’s soccer federation (Conmebol) has confirmed the venues for the 2019 Copa America in Brazil, with Sao Paulo’s Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro’s emblematic Maracana Stadium to serve as the sites for the opening match and the final, respectively.

The federation said here Tuesday that the Conmebol council had approved the stadiums proposal submitted the day before by Brazil’s Copa America organizing committee.

The matches of the 46th edition of that international tournament, which will determine the continental champion of South America, will be played in five cities and six stadiums.

The semi-finals will be played at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre and Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

The 10 countries that make up Conmebol (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) and two invited teams – Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup; and Japan – will take part in next year’s Copa America, whose matches will be played in Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

Roughly 67,000 fans are expected to be in attendance for the opening match at Morumbi Stadium.

Maracana holds 78,000 people, while Arena do Gremio and Mineirao have a seating capacity of 56,000 and 63,000, respectively.

The other stadiums chosen for the tournament are Sao Paulo’s Allianz Parque (Arena Palmeiras), which can seat 42,000 people; and Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova, which holds 48,000.