FIFA will select host cities for the 2026 World Cup from amongst 23 candidates within the US, Mexico and Canada on Thursday, setting the stage for the biggest, most difficult match in World Cup historical past.
Two stadiums in Southern California – SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena – are among the many finalists. FIFA, the world’s governing physique for soccer, is anticipated to pick 16 venues, as many as a dozen within the US
The World Cup area is increasing to document 48 groups and 80 video games in 2026, with 60 of these video games anticipated to be performed within the US and 10 every in Canada and Mexico. Canada has proposed staging video games in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto whereas Mexico is providing Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico Metropolis’s Azteca Stadium, which has already performed host to 2 World Cup finals.
Seventeen stadiums within the US are among the many finalists. SoFi Stadium, the world’s most costly stadium at greater than $ 5 billion, staged final February’s Tremendous Bowl and has lengthy been a favourite of FIFA officers regardless of the very fact the synthetic turf area is simply too slender to accommodate a World Cup pitch.
The Rose Bowl, which performed host to eight video games within the 1994 Males’s World Cup, together with the ultimate, and 4 video games within the 1999 Girls’s World Cup, together with the ultimate, can be on the record.
It is possible Southern California would be the website of a number of video games, together with a quarterfinal or semifinal. However the time distinction between each Europe and Asia works in opposition to the World Cup last once more being performed right here.
The opposite candidates:
AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas): A favourite residence away from residence for the Mexican nationwide workforce, the Dallas Cowboys Stadium is the biggest venue within the NFL with 93,000 seats. Opened in 2009, it has a retractable roof and a synthetic floor.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta): Considered one of three NFL-MLS venues, the 5-year-old stadium has a retractable roof and a synthetic floor and seats about 75,000.
M&T Financial institution Stadium (Baltimore): House of the Baltimore Ravens, the stadium opened in 1998, seats about 71,000 and has a grass floor.
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati): The stadium opened in 2000 and has a seating capability of about 67,000 with a synthetic floor.
Empower Area at Mile Excessive (Denver): The town’s mile-high altitude will determine in its choice or rejection. The venue opened in 2001 and has a capability of about 77,000 with a grass floor.
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ): The 12-year-old stadium, residence to each the New York Jets and New York Giants, is a heavy favourite to land the World Cup last. It has a seating capability of about 87,000 and has a synthetic floor.
Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass): Suburban Foxborough performed host to video games on the 1994 World Cup, however Gillette Stadium is a unique venue. Opened in 2002, it has a seating capability of about 70,000.
NRG Stadium (Houston): Considered one of two Texas stadiums on the record, NRG opened in 2002 has a seating capability of about 72,000 and a synthetic floor. Its retractable roof and air-con will likely be essential given the world’s summer time warmth and humidity.
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas Metropolis, Mo.): The second-oldest stadium on the record, Arrowhead opened in 1972 and has been renovated a number of occasions, most not too long ago in 2010. The seating capability is about 76,000 and it has a grass floor.
Arduous Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.): Miami seems to be a cinch to get at the least one recreation. The venue, which has a seating capability of about 67,000, a grass floor and a roof that covers spectators, opened in 1987 and has been renovated a number of occasions. It has hosted quite a few worldwide soccer exhibitions.
Nissan Stadium (Nashville): A longshot, Nashville has taking part in up its cultural significance as the house of nation music. The stadium, opened in 1999, staged group matches in the course of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and has additionally been the venue for World Cup qualifiers. It has a capability of about 70,000 and a grass floor.
Tenting World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.): If Miami will get a recreation, it is unlikely Orlando would. The market has World Cup expertise for the reason that stadium, then often known as the Citrus Bowl, held matches within the 1994 World Cup. The 65,000-seat stadium opened in 1936 however has undergone a number of face-lifts. It has a synthetic floor.
Lincoln Monetary Area (Philadelphia): When the power opened in 2003, its first occasion was a soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The stadium serves as the house venue for the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple College. The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup last was performed on the stadium, with Mexico beating Jamaica 3-1. The stadium seats almost 70,000 spectators and has a synthetic floor.
Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.): Opened in 2014, the stadium has performed host to a Tremendous Bowl and several other main soccer video games. It has a capability of about 71,000 and a grass floor.
Lumen Area (Seattle): House to the NFL’s Seahawks, the OL Reign of NWSL and the Sounders of MLS, the stadium opened in 2002 and has a capability of about 69,000.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.