Copa Release

2016 Copa America Centenario Draw to be Held in New York City on Feb. 21

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2016 – The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced today that the 2016 Copa America Centenario Draw will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET, at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The Draw, which will finalize all four groups headed by host United States, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, will be televised live on Univision in the United States.

The Copa America Centenario, a once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament, will feature some of the world’s best teams and players competing from June 3-26, 2016, across the United States. The tournament will feature the top star players from both regions, including Orlando City SC midfielder Kaká, Lionel Messi, Neymar, David Luiz, James Rodriguez, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and many more.

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.

Five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil is scheduled to stop in Central Florida on June 8 – with the Orlando Citrus Bowl set to host three group-stage matches in the 16-nation tourney on June 4,6 and 8.
This year’s Copa America – the centennial edition of the tournament - marks the first time this premier event has been staged outside of South America.

The media accreditation process for the Copa America Centenario Draw is now open to all media. All non-rights media members can apply by filling out the application at this link in its entirety. Applications will be considered until Friday, February 12, 2016. Early applications are encouraged, due to expected high demand for the event.

For more information on the Orlando Citrus Bowl, visit www.OrlandoCitrusBowl.com or follow www.twitter.com/citrusbowl.

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