Brazil to Feature in Copa America Centenario 2016 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl
Orlando to host three group stage matches; Ticket pre-sale to start in January
ORLANDO, Fla. – Dec. 17, 2015 – Five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil will stop in in Central Florida on June 8 during their Copa America Centenario 2016 campaign. The full schedule of the once-in-a-lifetime event that will honor 100 years of history and will feature some of the world’s best players and teams was also released earlier today, and the City Beautiful will host three group-stage matches in the 16-nation tourney – June 4, 6 and 8.
The oldest international soccer tournament in the world will take place across 10 U.S. venues June 3-26. Tickets for this event will go on pre-sale to Orlando City, Orlando Pride and Orlando City B season ticket holders, along with members of other sports-related organizations, in January. Fans can visit www.CA2016.com for more information. Additional ticketing information will be released in the coming weeks.
“June will be an historic month for world class soccer in Central Florida with the kickoff of Copa America and specifically, the Brazilian National Team here in the City Beautiful,” said City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We invite all soccer and sports fans, whose outpouring of support helped us secure these events, to join us at the Orlando Citrus Bowl for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Orlando City SC, the Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando and Orange County Government worked in partnership to bring the prestigious Latin American championship to the Orlando Citrus Bowl, and to Central Florida, for the first time in its history. In addition, partnerships with Florida Citrus Sports, tourism leaders and the local business community were integral in securing the event.
“Hosting the Copa America Centenario at the Orlando Citrus Bowl is a great example of what our community can accomplish when we come together for a common goal,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “This incredible sporting event will not only offer exciting opportunities for our residents, but will draw thousands of people from across the world, benefiting our local economy. The tournament is expected to draw more than 40,000 room nights and $30 million in economic impact to Orange County – precisely why Orange County has allocated $475,000 to help host the Copa America Centenario.”
“The announcement that Brazil will be an anchor team in Orlando could not be better news for our community,” said Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano. “Brazilian tourists are a key demographic to our area, but it’s the country’s spirit and passion for the game of soccer that will make Copa matches at the Orlando Citrus Bowl that much more special.”
This year’s Copa America marks the first time this premier event has been staged outside of South America, featuring the top stars from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) regions.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winner) and Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winner) qualified this fall.
The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be disputed Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.
For more information on the Orlando Citrus Bowl, visit www.OrlandoCitrusBowl.com or follow www.twitter.com/citrusbowl.
About Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
In 2015, the Sports Commissions event calendar is projected to drive 75 events and more than 221,000 visitors, 181,000 room nights and $112 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. In 2016, the Central Florida Sports Commission will be co-hosting the 2016 NCAA DI Women’s Soccer College Cup along with UCF, the City of Orlando and Orange County. Taking place December 2-4, 2016 at the Orlando City SC Stadium, the championship is an anchor of CFSC’s 2016 event calendar.
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About Orlando Citrus Bowl:
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl’s ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information at OrlandoCitrusBowl.com. Get connected at www.facebook.com/citrusbowl, www. twitter.com/citrusbowl and www.instagram.com/citrusbowl.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer.
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, the Lions have developed a rich history and passionate following since starting in the USL in 2011. In their inaugural MLS season, Orlando City set a league record for an expansion team, drawing an average of 32,847 fans per home game – including 62,500 in the home opener – and became the fastest team in MLS history to host a half million fans. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its global brand as its matches are broadcast in 120 countries and in 30 languages.
The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, will begin league play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams.
Orlando City B (OCB) participates in the USL beginning in the 2016 season. The team plays its home matches at Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. OCB continues the Club’s rich history in the rapidly growing league. From 2011 to 2014, Orlando City set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22), winning three regular season titles and two postseason championships.
OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS). Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.
For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com, www.Orlando-Pride.com, www.OrlandoCityB.com, www.OrlandoCityYouth.org and www.OrlandoCitySC.com/Foundation.com.
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