September 18, 2018 / 10:26 PM / 8 months ago

Soccer-CONMEBOL names three World Cup arenas for 2019 Copa America

SAO PAULO, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The Copa America final in Brazil next year will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro while the opening match will take place at the Morumbi in Sao Paulo, organisers said on Tuesday.

The two semi-finals will be staged at the Gremio arena in Porto Alegre and the Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) added.

The other two stadiums confirmed to host games are the Fonte Nova in Salvador and Palmeiras’ ground the Allianz Parque.

The choice of the six stadiums means only three of the 12 arenas built or renovated at huge cost for the 2014 World Cup will be used in the world’s oldest international tournament.

The Copa America, the first to be held in Brazil since 1989, will run from June 14 to July 7 and feature all 10 South America nations plus invited guests Qatar and Japan. (Reporting by Andrew Downie; editing by Ken Ferris)

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