Copa America 2024 opening ceremony: Time, date, performers, event details and where to watch pre-game show on TV, live stream

We are on the brink of the 48th edition of the Copa America, the premier national football tournament involving teams from North and South America, and the 2024 finals mark an historic occasion.

This is because it’s been jointly organized by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the North, Central American and Caribbean Football Confederation (CONCACAF) for only the second time in its history.

All 10 CONMEBOL members will feature in the tournament, with six teams from the CONCACAF region, making it a 16-team competition.

Grand opening ceremonies, with cultural programmes and performances from prominent singers and artists, have been a prominent feature of Copa America tournaments from the past and much of the same is expected of this year’s event in the United States.

The Sporting News has the key details ahead of the ceremony, including how to watch it across the world and the start time in Atlanta and where you are.

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When is the Copa America 2024 opening ceremony?

The tournament kicks off with the opening game, which will see reigning world champions Argentina taking on Canada, at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 20, 2024. The opening ceremony will take place prior to the match.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the renowned home of the NFL’s Falcons and MLS’ Atlanta United, will host the event and the opening game.

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With a seating capacity of 71,000 (expandable to 75,000), the stadium has hosted prestigious American sporting events such as Super Bowl LIII and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2018. The stadium is well known for its unique retractable roof system.

Copa America 2024 opening ceremony performers: Will Shakira be there?

Excitement is building for the Copa America 2024 opening ceremony on June 20. Two days earlier, CONMEBOL announced that multi-Grammy-award-winning artist Feid would be the opening performer at the event.

The Colombian, who has received rave reviews for his Ferxxoapocalipsis Tour of the U.S. and Canada this year, was teased as the star act of the show when CONMBEOL posted an image of social media of a soccer ball and a pair of glasses adorned with double crosses — a signature look of the Reggaeton performer.

However, Feid won’t be the only star lighting up the stage. Rumours persist that Shakira is also performing at the ceremony.

Given that her song “Punteria” is the official anthem of the Copa America, it’s likely she will deliver a live performance of the hit.

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What time is Copa America 2024 opening ceremony?

It’s expected that the opening ceremony will begin around one hour or 30 minutes before kickoff of the opening match between Argentina and Canada on June 20, which would mean a start time of 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. local time (ET).

Here’s how that translates around the world:

  • USA/Canada (ET): 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. 
  • UK (BST): 12 a.m. or 12:30 a.m. (the following day — June 21)
  • Australia (AEST): 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. (the following day — June 21)
  • India (IST): 4:30 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. (the following day — June 21)
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How to watch Copa America 2024 opening ceremony

Broadcasters from across the world will be showing the best action from Copa America 2024, including the opening ceremony, which will take place around an hour before kickoff on June 20 in the opening match between hosts Argentina and Canada.

Below are the key details on how to watch and stream the opening match in some of the major global territories:

  TV channel Streaming
USA Fox Sports, TUDN, Univision Fubo, TUDN app/website, ViX
Canada TSN 1, 4, CTV Two, RDS 2 TSN+, RDS app, CTV app
UK Premier Sports 1 Premier Sports Player
Australia Optus Sport
India FanCode

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USA: Copa America 2024 matches will be broadcast in English on Fox Sports Network with streaming options available on Fubo where new users can sign up to a FREE trial. 

In addition to the English-language coverage on Fox Sports, Univision has the rights to broadcast Copa America in Spanish language on Univision, the sports-only channel TUDN, as well as the other sister channels owned by TelevisaUnivision (UniMas). Spanish-language streaming will also be available on ViX.

Canada: TSN and TSN+ is the place to go for Copa America 2024 action in Canada. CTV and RDS are also showing Canada’s opener.

Australia: Fans in Australia can follow all the Copa America 2024 action live and on demand on Optus Sport.

UK: Matches at Copa America 2024 will be available on Premier Sports 1 in the UK, with live streaming service offered on Premier Sports Player.

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India: Copa America 2024 matches will be available on FanCode in India.

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