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US Soccer names 34 host cities for World Cup 2026 consideration

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada has officially started its outreach for cities to declare their interest to serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The committee has sent requests for information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations including 36 in the United States.

After cities declare their interest, the United Bid Committee will review the submissions and intends to issue a shortlist of cities by late September. The Bid Committee will then provide more detailed bid documentation to the cities and conduct meetings to discuss any questions as candidate cities prepare their final bid, due early January 2018.

The Bid Committee plans to include 20-25 venues in its final bid to FIFA. If selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, subject to FIFA’s determination, it is anticipated that at least 12 locations could ultimately serve as Official Host Cities. If a city is not selected to host matches, there may be other opportunities to be involved in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Those cities, as well as other cities not on the initial list, could be selected as the location for the International Broadcast Center, host Team Base Camps or host major events such as the Preliminary or Final Draw.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first tournament with the expanded 48-team format and will require world-class facilities and infrastructure. The United States, Mexico and Canada are uniquely suited to accommodate FIFA’s high-level standards for hosting a FIFA World Cup.

“The Host Cities included in our bid will be critical to its success – not only because of their facilities and ability to stage major events, but because they are committed to further developing the sport of soccer by harnessing the impact of hosting a FIFA World Cup – and looking beyond the game itself to make a positive contribution to our communities and the world,” said United Bid Committee Executive Director John Kristick. “We have had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to working closely with each city and determining the best venues for our official bid that we’ll submit next year.”

The 49 stadiums represent a wide spectrum of facilities, including stadiums for soccer and football as well as domed and retractable roof stadiums. All stadiums are required to have at least 40,000 seats for group stage matches, and a capacity of at least 80,000 to be considered for the Opening Match and the Final.

Municipal leaders in each city have been asked to provide information about each city’s transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, available accommodations, environmental protection initiatives, potential venues and more.

In addition to a stadium capable of hosting international soccer, each city has to propose top international-level training sites and locations for team base camps, and hotels for teams, staff and VIP’s. The Bid Committee will also evaluate cities on their commitment to sustainable event management, aspirations to develop soccer, and the positive social impact they anticipate in the local community and beyond stemming from the event.

Proposed stadiums and metropolitan markets for further consideration 

Metropolitan Market

Stadium

Capacity

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

Atlanta, GAMercedes-Benz Stadium

75,000

Baltimore, MDM&T Bank Stadium

71,008

Birmingham, ALLegion Field

71,594

Boston, MA (Foxborough, MA)Gillette Stadium

65,892

Charlotte, NCBank of America Stadium

75,400

Chicago, ILSoldier Field

61,500

Cincinnati, OHPaul Brown Stadium

65,515

Cleveland, OHFirstEnergy Stadium

68,710

Dallas, TXCotton Bowl

92,100

Dallas, TX (Arlington, TX)AT&T Stadium

105,000

Denver, COSports Authority Field at Mile High

76,125

Detroit, MIFord Field

65,000

Green Bay, WILambeau Field

81,441

Houston, TXNRG Stadium

71,500

Indianapolis, INLucas Oil Stadium

65,700

Jacksonville, FLEverBank Field

64,000

Kansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium

76,416

Las Vegas, NVRaiders Stadium

72,000

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles Memorial Coliseum

78,500

Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood, CA)LA Stadium at Hollywood Park

TBD

Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena, CA)Rose Bowl

87,527

Miami, FLHard Rock Stadium

65,767

Minneapolis, MNU.S. Bank Stadium

63,000

Nashville, TNNissan Stadium

69,143

New Orleans, LAMercedes-Benz Superdome

72,000

New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ)MetLife Stadium

82,500

Orlando, FLCamping World Stadium

65,000

Philadelphia, PALincoln Financial Field

69,328

Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ)University of Phoenix Stadium

73,000

Pittsburgh, PAHeinz Field

68,400

Salt Lake City, UTRice-Eccles Stadium

45,807

San Antonio, TXAlamodome

72,000

San Diego, CAQualcomm Stadium

71,500

San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara, CA)Levi’s Stadium

72,000

Seattle, WACenturyLink Field

69,000

Tampa, FLRaymond James Stadium

73,309

Washington, DC (Landover, MD)FedEx Field

82,000

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Paul

    August 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Do all the stadiums that are named after a sponsor also have an original, non-sponsor name? Sponsored named stadiums are forbidden for FIFA tournaments With 37 stadiums in 34 cities the US should bid to host the 2026 World Cup on it’s own, a bid they would probably win.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      August 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      I would imagine they do something similar to what was done in Germany in 2006 by just calling it FIFA World Cup Stadium (insert city name).

  2. NaBUru38

    August 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Only NFL stadiums will be selected in United States.

    I doubt that Green Bay, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh or Denver will be selected.

    I predict the four largest stadiums in Canada to be selected.

    • Lovac

      August 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Why not Denver? I consider Denver a lock. They have a huge stadium plus they will want to spread the games geographicaly.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      August 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

      It would be super cool to see World Cup games at Lambeau Field. Probably the only stadium in the NFL with any tradition or history.

      • David

        August 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        I think people in Chicago would disagree with that statement. Soldier Field opened 33 years before Lambeau.

        • Lawrence Dockery

          August 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

          Soldier Field would be maybe the only other one. But what holds it back for me in that regard is that it was torn down and then entirely rebuilt. Yeah it’s always been named Soldier Field and been in the same spot, but it’s not the same venue.

  3. Frill Artist

    August 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, let’s just ignore Ann Arbor. You know, the city that has the biggest stadium in the country. Let’s give LA 3 venues. Such BS.

    • Lawrence Dockery

      August 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      The issue with Ann Arbor is accessability and the narrowness of the venue. It’s fine and dandy for a club exhibition that doesn’t mean anything, but not for a World Cup. And LA will not be getting 3 venues. Probably just the new Rams stadium and the Rose Bowl. It would probably be best for California, Texas and Florida to all have multiple venues as they are all vast states and multiple venues would help cut down on travel.

  4. Lawrence Dockery

    August 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I would love to see games in Nashville. Games there recently have drawn very well:
    7/3/15 – International Friendly – USMNT vs. Guatemala – 44,835
    3/6/16 – She Believes Cup – USWNT vs. France – 25,363 (largest WNT crowd that year)
    10/8/16 – International Friendly – Mexico vs. New Zealand – 40,287
    7/8/17 – Gold Cup – USMNT vs. Panama – 47,622
    7/29/17 – International Champions Cup – Manchester City vs. Tottenham – 56,232
    Nashville also in serious consideration for an MLS expansion slot. If that happens, soccer interest goes way up. Nashville has proven that they’ll support teams (just look at the Predators recent run to the Stanley Cup Finals).

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