LOCAL HOST COMMITTEE FOR COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO 2016 KICKS OFF TOURNAMENT AWARENESS IN ORLANDO

Orlando Citrus Bowl to host three group stage matches June 4, 6 and 8

89cedecb-427b-4116-a59b-64ff8aafeee8 (1) With the Orlando Citrus Bowl hosting three group stage  matches of the Copa America Centenario, the oldest international soccer tournament in the world, a local host committee of business and community leaders has been created to champion the event.

Diana Bolivar, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, is serving as host committee chair, while Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs are honorary chairs. This host committee will be instrumental in generating awareness and sales for the prestigious Latin American championship featuring 16 nations that will take place across ten U.S.venues June 3-26.

This year’s Copa America marks the first time the event has been staged outside of South America. It features the top stars and teams from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) regions. Tickets to Orlando’s matches – Costa Rica vs. Paraguay (June 4), Panama vs. Bolivia (June 6) and Haiti vs. Brazil (June 8) – are on sale now. More information on the tournament is available online at http://www.CA2016.com.

Orlando City SC, the Central Florida Sports Commission, City of Orlando and Orange County Government worked in partnership to bring the championship to the Orlando Citrus Bowl and to Central Florida, for the first time in its 100-year history. Additionally, partnerships with tourism leaders and the local business community were integral in securing the event. The tournament is expected to draw more than 40,000 room nights and deliver a $30 million economic impact.

About Central Florida Sports Commission:

The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for CentralFlorida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

In 2015, the Sports Commission’s event calendar featured 77 events that drove more than 234,000 visitors, 196,000 room nights and $131 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region.

Anchored by marquee events The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and the Copa America Centenario, the Central Florida Sports Commission is projecting to drive nearly 300,000 visitors and $135 million in economic impact in 2016. www.centralfloridasports.org

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