Montevideo has been announced as the host city for the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana 2021, with Uruguay's capital city chosen due to security amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana are the region's top and second-tier club competitions.
CONMEBOL announced through its social networks that it will be the Centenario Stadium, Montevideo the venue chosen to host both the final of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. Curiously, this stadium was not among the pre-selected venues for the match scheduled for November, so the organization explained the decision in a communiqué, in which it explained the health situation that Uruguay is planning for the date of the match:
The Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay, will be the protagonist to host one of the greatest soccer spectacles in the world, the final of the Copa Libertadores 2021
The 2021 Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Saturday, November 27, 2021. The time is still to be confirmed.
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has said that event security is a key criterion amid the challenges posed by COVID-19.
"The CONMEBOL Council has decided to designate the Uruguayan capital as the venue for the unique finals of the two most important club tournaments in South America," they said in a statement.
"Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and seeking the best possible sanitary conditions, the Council adopted the decision mainly considering the epidemic situation expected in November.
In this regard, Uruguay plans to vaccinate a high percentage of its population by July, which would place the country among the safest on the continent on the dates scheduled for the final ".
Uruguay has recorded 243,000 cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the global health crisis last year, with more than 3,500 confirmed deaths.
The numbers are among the lowest in South America.
Uruguay has a population of approximately 3.5 million people.
CONMEBOL revealed that it expects the improved situation in Uruguay to allow spectators to attend the final.
The organization believes the final will help revive the Estadio Centenario Stadium as part of efforts to boost South America's bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup.
CONMEBOL said that the Uruguayan Football Federation has devised a plan to invest in its main sports venue, with the aim of reaching 2030 with a radical renovation.
A joint South American bid by Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay for the 2030 FIFA World Cup has already been announced.
Efforts are focused on the centennial of the first tournament in Uruguay.