Copa America Centenario 2016 Ticket-Buying Overview: Prices on the Rise!

By Emma Gaedeke (Emma.Gaedeke@musictimes.com) | Apr 06, 2016 01:33 PM EDT
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For the first time in its history, the Copa America tournament will take place outside of South America. The world's best players will travel to various U.S. cities to take part in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, a re-branded, expanded version of the timeless Copa America tournament. This tournament will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBL (i.e., South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (i.e., football confederation for North America, Central America, and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the tournament's usual four-year cycle. This rendition of the tournament will expand to a field of 16 teams, a departure from the usage of 12 teams, comprising four Groups. Group A will consist of the United States, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. Group B will consist of Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, and Peru. Group C will be comprised of Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica, and Venezuela. Group D will be made up of Argentina, Chile, Panama, and Bolivia. Some of the world's best players, namely Neymar, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, and Luis Suarez are slated to compete in these games.

Overall, games involving the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico are commanding the highest ticket prices on the resale market. Ticket information for some of the key matchups are presented below, with pricing information provided by Ticketbis.

The groups are set at the completion of the 2016 Copa America Centenario - Draw Ceremony at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo:  Elsa/Getty Images) 

6/3/16 Colombia vs. United States | Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara | Get-in Price: $199

The opening game for the Copa America Centenario will take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on June 3. This will be the first of four games held at Levi's Stadium. Colombia boasts a dynamic offensive attack that features Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Chelsea's Radamel Falcao, so the United States will need to figure out a way to slow down this dynamic duo. These two teams have met 18 times and Colombia holds an impressive 11-3-4 record over the United States. All three of the United States victories, however, have occurred in California. According to international ticket reseller Ticketbis, Colombia vs. United States tickets start at $199.

6/5/16 Uruguay vs. Mexico | University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale | Get-in Price: $215

Mexico's first game of the Copa America Centenario will be played on June 5 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. They'll face a stiff test from Uruguay, a team that has won the Copa America title a record 15 times. Expectations are high for Mexico, a team that tied Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay vs. Mexico tickets currently boast the second highest ticket prices on the resale market.

6/6/16 Argentina vs. Chile | Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara | Get-in: $240

A rematch of last year's championship game will commence on June 6 when Argentina faces Chile at Levi's Stadium. Chile bested Argentina on penalty kicks to secure the Copa America championship in 2015. Argentina, which will be captained by Messi, will be seeking some revenge as it tries to win its 15th Copa America tournament championship. According to international ticket reseller Ticketbis, Argentina vs. Chile tickets start at $240. This is currently the highest price among Group Stage games.

6/7/16 Costa Rica vs. United States | Soldier Field, Chicago | Get-in: $149

After opening the tournament in California, the United States will travel to the Windy City to face Costa Rica. According to pundits, Costa Rica is the strongest unseeded CONCACAF nation in the tournament, but Chicago has become the home base for the U.S. Soccer Federation. Costa Rica features some top players, including Arsenal's Joel Campbell and Real Madrid's keeper, Keylor Navas. Costa Rica is 14-13-6 all-time against the United States, so expect a competitive game between these two teams. Currently, the cheapest ticket is going for $149.

6/11/16 Paraguay vs. United States | Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia | Get-in: $190

The United States will finish its run through Group A by meeting Paraguay in Philadelphia. These two nations have only met six times, splitting the meetings 2-2-2. Paraguay features a familiar face to MLS fans, Seattle Sounders striker, Nelson Valdez. The cheapest ticket available is up for grabs for $190.

6/12/16 Peru vs. Brazil | Gillette Stadium, Boston | Get-in: $200

After losing in the quarterfinals last year, Brazil will be seeking retribution against their opponents. Neymar has been the poster boy for this year's Copa America Centenario, so fans are hoping that he'll suit up for this match-up before playing in the Olympics. Regardless, Brazil has international appeal and a trip to Boston is something that doesn't happen every day. Therefore, the secondary ticket market is boasting above average prices for this match-up, with the cheapest ticket priced at $200.

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