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World Cup 2026 bid targets 37 U.S. stadiums
by Paul Kennedy, August 15th, 2017 2:37PM
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The United Bid Committee representing the United States, Mexico and Canada is targeting 49 stadiums in 44 markets (37 stadiums in 34 U.S. markets) as it considers which stadiums to include in its bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

The bid committee plans to include 20-25 venues in its final bid to FIFA. The working agreement is that 60 games will be played in the USA and 10 each in Canada Mexico.

Key Criteria:
-- Stadium capable of hosting international soccer (40,000 seats for group stage matches and at least 80,000 seats for opening game and the final);
-- International-level training sites and locations for team base camps;
-- Hotels for teams, staff and VIPs (as well as fans).
-- Transportation infrastructure;
-- Experience hosting major events;
-- Environmental protection initiatives.

Key Dates:
Sept. 5, 2017.
Cities must declare their interest to take part in the bid process in response to Requests for Information the bid committee is sending out.
Late September 2017. Bid committee will issue a shortlist of cities and then provide more detailed bid documentation.
Early January 2018. Cities must their final bids.
March 16, 2018. Bid committees must be submit final bids to meet FIFA's technical specifications (yet to be distributed). If no bid meets FIFA's terms, the 2026 hosting race will be opened up to all members (including Europe and Asia).
June 13, 2018. If any bid passes FIFA's technical requirements, it will be presented to the FIFA Congress in Moscow. Unlike other World Cup bid campaigns that went to the FIFA executive committee (since replaced by the FIFA council), the 2026 World Cup hosting rights will be voted upon by full membership of 211 federations.



USA (34 cities, 37 stadiums)

CITY STADIUM CAPACITY
*Atlanta, GA
Mercedes-Benz Stadium 75,000
Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium 71,008
Birmingham, AL Legion Field 71,594
Boston, MA (Foxborough) Gillette Stadium 65,892
Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium 75,400
Chicago, IL Soldier Field 61,500
Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium 65,515
Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium 68,710
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl 92,100
Dallas, TX (Arlington) AT&T Stadium 105,000
Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125
Detroit, MI Ford Field 65,000
Green Bay, WI Lambeau Field 81,441
Houston, TX NRG Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium 65,700
Jacksonville, FL EverBank Field 64,000
Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium 76,416
*Las Vegas, NV Raiders Stadium 72,000
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 78,500
*Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood) LA Stadium at Hollywood Park TBD
Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena) Rose Bowl 87,527
Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium 65,767
Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium 63,000
Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium 69,143
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 72,000
New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford, NJ) MetLife Stadium 82,500
Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium 65,000
Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field 69,328
Phoenix, AZ (Glendale, AZ) University of Phoenix Stadium 73,000
Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field 68,400
Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium 45,807
San Antonio, TX Alamodome 72,000
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium 71,500
San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara) Levi's Stadium 75,000
Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field 69,000
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium 73,309
Washington, DC (Landover, MD) FedEx Field 82,000
*Not yet open.

Canada (7 cities, 9 stadiums)
Calgary McMahon Stadium 35,650
Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 56,335
Montreal Stade Olympique 61,004
Montreal Stade Saputo  20,801
Ottawa Place Stadium 24,341
Regina Mosaic Stadium 30,048
Toronto Rogers Centre 53,506
Toronto BMO Field 28,026
Vancouver BC Place 55,165

Mexico (3 cities, 3 stadiums)
Guadalajara Estadio Chivas 45,364
Mexico City Estadio Azteca 87,000
Monterrey Estadio Rayados 52,237



5 comments
  1. Elvis Epstein
    commented on: August 16, 2017 at 7:50 a.m.
    now back to 7th place in the USL ,.. and coming off a 5-0 loss.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: August 16, 2017 at 1:33 p.m.
    I thought there is a minimum 40,000 capacity for stadiums. There are 4 Canadian stadiums below this limit.
  1. Paul Berry
    commented on: August 16, 2017 at 6:19 p.m.
    BMO was temporarily expanded to 36k for the Grey's Cup last year. It could probably be extended to 40k.
  1. Paul Berry
    commented on: August 16, 2017 at 6:22 p.m.
    And McMahon can hold 46,000 with temporary seating.
  1. Footballer Forever
    commented on: August 17, 2017 at 12:57 a.m.
    *Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium 75,000 Unless they screw it up, that should be an easy shoe in. Take a look at it: http://atlutd.io-media.com/web/index.html#/

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