DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of 100 years of Copa America, the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the Championship of the Americas, will be staged outside of South America for the first time ever this summer. Featuring 16 national teams from the Americas, the centennial edition of the tournament will make soccer history in stadiums across the United States.
The entire 2016 Copa America Centenario will be televised by FOX Sports on FOX broadcast network, FS1, FX and FS2. The two semi-finals and the final match will also be presented by Fathom Events in select movie theaters nationwide. The First Semi-Final will be shown live on Tuesday, June 21 (9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT), followed by the Second Semi-Final on Wednesday, June 22 (8:00 p.m. ET). The 2016 Final will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 26 (8:00 p.m. ET) from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In-theater events will begin by featuring the final portion of FOX Sports’ Copa America Centenario Pregame, 30 minutes prior to each kickoff.
Tickets for the Copa America Centenario cinema events can be purchased beginning Friday, May 20, 2016 online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The Copa America is the oldest international soccer tournament in the world and the 2016 Copa America Centenario will be the largest men’s soccer tournament held in the U.S. since the 1994 World Cup. The competition begins with a round-robin stage featuring four groups of four teams -- Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. are the top-seeded teams in each of these groups. Group A contains the U.S., Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay; Group B consists of Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru; Group C is made up of Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica and Venezuela; and Group D is comprised of Argentina, Chile, Panama and Bolivia. The tournament’s host metropolitan areas and stadiums are: Foxborough, MA (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Pasadena (Rose Bowl), New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix/Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium), Santa Clara, CA (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field).
“Copa America Centenario will make history as soon as the first ball is kicked on U.S. soil,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey. “For this momentous occasion, we are delighted to once again be partnering with FOX Sports to bring the world’s favorite sport to select cinemas nationwide.”
“We're happy to be working with Fathom Events again to bring the Copa America Centenario semi-finals and final to big screens throughout the country,” said FOX Sports Head of Business David Nathanson. “This tournament is the most important men's soccer event to be played on U.S. soil since the 1994 World Cup and it promises to be a thrilling showcase for fans everywhere.”
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the event cinema distribution arm of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the U.S., and is recognized as the leading distributor of alternative content. It offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 885 locations and 1,348 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About FOX Sports 1
FS1 is America’s new national sports network that puts fans first with 24/7 coverage of the most compelling sporting events in the world – NASCAR, UFC, college football and basketball, soccer, MLB and more. Reaching over 90 million subscribers, FS1 has taken sports to the next level with 1,500 hours of live events and 5,000 hours of live programming in just year one. FS1 is proud to be the new home for The Ultimate Fighter in addition to covering LIVE maincard fights, along with FOX and Pay-Per-View event prelim fights. FS1 features exclusive coverage of the world’s most prestigious soccer competitions like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Major League Soccer, Bundesliga and CONCACAF Champions League as well as coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019 and FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022. For more information, visit www.foxsports1.com.