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Copa América 2019 tickets go on sale today

The first 228,000 match tickets for the Copa América this year in Brazil will be put on sale on Thursday.

The first 228,000 match tickets for the Copa América this year in Brazil will be put on sale on Thursday.

Tournament organisers said at a press conference that tickets will cost from 60 to 890 Brazilian reals (US$16 to US$240).

They added more than 770,000 tickets will be on sale later in the year.

The Copa América has 26 matches from June 14 to the July 7 final over five host cities: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Porto Alegre .Organisers promised there no public funds will be spent on preparing the tournament.

Brazil will play the opener in São Paulo at Morumbi Stadium. The team's opponents will be known in the January 24 draw.

Among the teams participating will be two invitees: Japan and Qatar.

The other challengers for the title are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil (hosts), Chile (title holders), Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

This will also be the first Copa América to not feature any team from the CONCACAF federation since outside teams were invited, with neither Mexico nor the United States set to participate.

To buy tickets, visit www.copaamerica.com. They will be available from 5pm local time (Argentina).

Director of operations Agberto Guimaraes said on Thursday the organising committee expects high attendances, considering the nearly full stadia in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup. But he doesn't rule out slow sales seeing as Brazil has been mired in an economic crisis since 2015.

"We have a great product in our hands, we have great teams playing at this event, some of the best players in the world are taking part of this event," Guimaraes said. "If it doesn't happen, we will have to be very creative to sell these tickets and to fill the stadia."

Thiago Jannuzzi, competition manager for the Copa América organising committee, believes the foreigners who did not attend the 2014 World Cup will come.

"Peru had a big number of supporters in Russia. And they have shown a big interest as well to come here. It will be the same with countries that haven't been to a World Cup because they will have an opportunity to be at a country that has modern venues, hosted a World Cup recently, and that can build a football party of great quality," Januzzi said.

- TIMES/AP

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