Copa America Centenario isn’t off to the greatest start

The special 100th anniversary edition of Copa America hosted by the U.S. was supposed to be a showcase to further strengthen a potential 2026 World Cup bid. But so far it has only been an exhibition of greed and poor planning.

Playing Chile’s national anthem for a confused and angry Uruguay ahead of their match against Mexico at For-Profit University Stadium in Glendale, Arizona was an embarrassing flub that follows a string of poorly attended matches. And the excessive cost to attend these games probably has something to do with that.

 


Instead of being a way to show off a storied tournament to new fans and lay the groundwork to bring the World Cup back to the U.S, Copa America Cashgrabenario seems increasingly like a cynical, half-assed money making scheme and little more. Of course, being the joint effort of CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, and Soccer United Marketing, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.

UPDATE: Perhaps in the interest of fairness, Chile’s anthem was cut off and interrupted by Pitbull before their match against Argentina. This is gravest insult of all.

2 comments

  1. Jermaine's Stunt Double says:

    This tournament couldn’t be more of a cash grab. Tickets to the nearest stadium for me were $300 to all 3 games being hosted(two group and 1 quarterfinal game) to sit all the way up in the highest section of the stadium. Those seats have since come down to $70 or so but the tickets are still absurd at that. Also, parking is again $40 at that stadium. I’m glad to see this thing become a giant flop thanks to the greed that saw the tickets come out at WAAAAY too high of a price. Once it was clear this was a cash grab I have stayed away from the tickets no matter how low they go.

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