One Month Out, 2016 Copa America Centenario Finding Big Ticket Demand on Resale Market

Anticipation continues to build for the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which will kick off its Group Stage at Levi’s Stadium on June 3. The milestone tournament celebrating 100 years of CONMEBOL and the Copa America will bring 16 of the best North, Central, South American and Caribbean teams in the world together on American soil for a three-week affair, culminating with the Final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 26.

While no future qualifying incentive is associated with the Copa America Centenario, there will be a competitive fervor surrounding all 10 stadiums for the ceremonial tournament next month. That is being reflected on the secondary ticket market, where prices for Copa America Centenario tickets remain high across the three-week event. Both venue passes and individual match tickets are now on sale and continue see significant resale demand in the weeks leading up to the inaugural match between hosting nation USA and Colombia at Levi’s Stadium.

Venue Passes grant access to multiple games at select venues across the country. According to online reseller Razorgator, the cheapest Venue Pass will be for all three matches at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Featuring matches between Group C participants Mexico and Uruguay on June 5, Group A teams Ecuador and Peru on June 8 and the third-place match on June 25. Prices for the Glendale Venue Pass start from just $179.

Conversely, it will be the Chicago Venue Pass that owns the most expensive get-in price at $439. However, that select pass will grant access to four matches over the three-week period. Those include Jamaica vs Venezuela on June 5, USA vs Costa Rica on June 7, Argentina vs Panama on June 10 and a Semifinals match on June 22.

For those interested in attending individual matches, the USA team will play its most expensive Group Stage match at Levi’s Stadium against Colombia on June 3. USA vs Colombia tickets on the secondary market currently own a get-in price of $84. The team’s cheapest Group Stage match will be held on June 11 against Uruguay at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, where the get-in price starts from just $56. Such a low price point is interesting considering Uruguay’s success in the Copa America Tournament; the nation has won 15 titles since first participating in the South American Championship in 1916.

Other notable individual matches during the Group Stage include a June 5 match between Mexico and Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, and Chile and Argentina at Levi’s Stadium on June 6. Mexico will boast star player Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who is the second-highest scoring player on Mexico’s national team in the country’s history behind Jared Borgetti. Tickets for that match start from $68. Argentina will be led by arguably the country’s most notable soccer player of all time in Lionel Messi, and their bout with Chile in the Bay Area now owns an $85 get-in price.

Whether the USA has what it takes to come away as the hero in the Final remains to be seen, but there is a new sense of excitement throughout the country as it prepares to host the landmark tournament in June. And while head coach Jurgen Klinsmann remains confident that his team will be a top contender, the world will watch as the Copa America makes its way to North America for the first time in its 100-year existence.