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Copa America 2016: Messi And Neymar Driving Ticket Prices Up

copa-america-2016The Copa America Centenario will bring South American superstars to U.S. soil to play real, meaningful games for the first time since the 1994 World Cup.

After the drawing on Sunday, matchups are now set for the tournament, which many are looking to as the sporting event of the summer.

The group stage features huge, World Cup-worthy matchups, with Mexico taking on Uruguay, the United States facing Colombia, and Argentina battling Chile. With some of the biggest names in soccer expected to take play, the demand for tickets is high relative to most soccer events in the States.

Right now the hottest ticket of the group stage is the Argentina-Chile matchup at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, on June 6th. Though the game takes place on a Monday, the matchup features Messi taking on the defending Copa America champions, and boasts a median listing price of $419 on SeatGeek.

In fact, Argentina is expected to be the hottest team to see in the tournament, with the median listing prices of its matchups against Bolivia and Panama climbing to more than $300.

The two teams most in demand after Argentina are Mexico and Brazil. This makes sense, since all three of Mexico’s games are within driving distance of the country’s border, and Brazil is a historic powerhouse with star striker Neymar on the roster.

The Mexico-Venezuela match in Houston on Monday, June 13th, is currently the second hottest game of the group stage, with a median listing price of $354. The Brazil-Peru matchup at Foxborough on Sunday, June 12th is the fourth most expensive game of the tournament, with a median listing price of $344.

Demand for the U.S. team’s tickets are actually less popular than these, though they’ll still cost more than fans might expect. The U.S. matchup against Colombia to open the tournament at Levi’s Stadium on June 3rd has a median listing price of $320, while their game against Paraguay at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on June 11th has a median listing price of $284.

Fans looking to see the U.S. at the lowest price may want to check flights to Chicago, as their matchup with Costa Rica has a median listing price of $244.

Soccer fans can still catch unusually high quality soccer for a reasonable price without leaving the U.S. though. Despite fielding Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s matchup against Jamaica at Levi’s Stadium June 13 has a median listing price of just $155.

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