The pandemic-delayed Copa America 2021, the equivalent of Europe’s UEFA European Championship, will get underway soon. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has earlier announced that for the first time, the tournament will be held in two countries, with Argentina and Colombia co-host the 47th edition of the tournament. Follow us for more football betting tips and odds.
The 10 nations are equally divided into Group A and Group B, also known as the North and South zones. Group A will be playing their group stage matches in Argentina with Group B playing theirs in Colombia. As the tournament will get underway in a few months, let’s take a look at the Copa America 2021 venues in Columbia:
Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez (Barranquilla)
Home of Atletico Junior and the Colombian national team, Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez is set to host Colombia’s matches against Ecuador and Brazil, and the final round of the Copa America 2021 on July 10. It has a capacity of 46,692 spectators, the second-largest stadium in Colombia, was built for Colombia’s 1986 bid for the FIFA World Cup.
The stadium’s name is in honor of former Colombia footballer Roberto Melendez. Estadio Metropolitano is located in the south of the city in Barranquilla, the city that has a great tradition of hosting important festivities in Colombia. Estadio Metropolitano could initially hold 60,000 spectators, which was reduced to just under 50,000 after it got extensively renovated for the 2011 U20 World Cup.
Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium (Bogota)
Commonly referred to as El Campin, the stadium, Bogotá’s Nemesio Camacho El Campín Stadium is the biggest stadium in the country. The 36,343-capacity venue used to stage the final of the 2001 Copa America final, El Campin will host Ecuador’s matches against Venezuela and Brazil, a quarter-final and the third place play-off match on July 9.
Home to two Categoria A teams Millionarios and Santa Fe, the stadium is named after Nemesio Camacho, former manager of the then-existing streetcar system of Bogotá and also the father of Luis Camacho Matiz, the person who offered the land where the stadium would be constructed. Its second name “campin” referred to the area where the stadium currently stands which is a “camping” zone.
Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero (Cali)
Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero, initially called Estadio Departamental, is often referred to as the “Sports Capital of America” because it is one of the finest and most modern sports facilities in Latin America. This multipurpose stadium, named in honour of the poet Pascual Gurrero, will host Peru’s matches against Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, and a quarterfinal match.
Home of América de Cali’s, Atlético, and Boca Juniors de Cali, this stadium could initially hold 6,500 spectators and consisted of just two stands on the sides, but got expanded in 1950 and 1954. It is one of the Colombian playing venues of the 2021 Copa America, with a reduced capacity of 35,000 spectators by then until present.
Estadio Atanasio Girardot (Medellín)
Home of two giants in Colombian soccer, Atlético Nacional and Independiente, the Estadio Atanasio Girardot is the third biggest stadium in the country. It will open the match in the Group B (North Zone) between Brazil and Venezuela. The stadium will also host the other two matches of Venezuela against Colombia and Peru respectively and a semifinal match on July 6.
Built in 1953 and was used to stage the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, this stadium is the largest in the entire region and the second in Colombia. It was remodeled in 2011 for the U-20 World Cup that was played in Colombia that year. Occasionally, this stadium also hosts the games of the Envigado Football Club.
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