The 16 cities that made up the first World Cup were revealed. Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, stated boldly that the 2026 tournament would be played largely in America.
“By 2026, soccer, or futbol, will be the No. He declared that soccer — or futbol — would be the No. 1 sport in this region of the globe by 2026.
Four years ago, Who showcased soccer will be in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. There were already winners and losers on Thursday.
The cut-off was missed by Orlando, Florida, and Cincinnati, Tennessee.
The NFL seized all eleven U.S. stadiums. Arlington, Texas, East Rutherford (New Jersey), Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood, Santa Clara, California were all held over areas from 1994’s tournament that helped boost soccer’s American popularity.
Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca will be the first Stadium to host the three World Cups. It was the venue that hosted the 1970 and 86 finals.
For Canada’s first hosting event, Toronto’s BMO Field was chosen, as well as Vancouver’s BC Place in British Columbia. Who dropped Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
Baltimore was left out of the World Cup after FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, was pulled. This will be the first World Cup without matches within a capital.
Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief competitions officer, stated that it was impossible to imagine a World Cup in the United States.
Infantino promised a fan festival on Washington’s National Mall. Training sites are available in other locations.
Cindy Parlow Cone, President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, stated, “the story is always who doesn’t get chosen.”
Infantino’s goal to reach the top in U.S. sports seems quite achievable. The NFL averaged 17.1 million viewers for television and digital during its 2021 season, while the 1 sport.”
Victor Montagliani, President of the North and Central American and Caribbean Confederation, said that he knew it was laughter and giggles. “He wasn’t joking.”
Infantino supported FIFA’s financial demands to bid states and cities, which included sales taxes exemptions. He stated that World Cup revenues support FIFA’s 211 members and that 75% of FIFA’s operations would be impossible without it.
He said, “This is a fair compromise, taking into account the interests of sport and the needs of the host country.”
The 1994 tournament was a record-breaker with 3.59 million people attending and an average attendance of 68.991. All U.S. stadiums are capable of hosting 60,000 people or more in 2026.
Infantino stated, “I believe this part of the globe doesn’t realize how it will turn out in 2026.” These three countries will fall apart. The rest of the world will invade the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
In 2018, the bid plan included 60 games in the U.S., all the way to the quarterfinals, and 10 in Mexico and Canada.
Who will not reveal the specific locations for each round until later? Infantino stated that the world’s television times would be a factor in the final. This makes it more likely for Eastern and Central time zones to be included. For this year’s tournament, FIFA has moved the final’s kickoff time from 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time to 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Beijing is 10 p.m.
Who included none of the nine 1994 stadiums in the U.S. selections. Only two of the nine stadiums used in 1994 were left in contention: the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (California) and Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. They were also among the sites dropped in negotiations with cities and stadiums.
Who used five areas to select new stadiums in 1994. AT&T Stadium was chosen in Texas over Dallas’ Cotton Bowl. SoFi Stadium in Inglewood for Rose Bowl. Levi’s Stadium will be used for Stanford Stadium.
Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford (New Jersey) and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (Massachusetts) replaced the two sites that had been torn down, Giants Stadium and Foxboro Stadium.
Three U.S. venues have retractable roofs, while SoFi has an open-top. Except for Miami and Kansas City, all U.S. stadiums were built in 2002 or later.
The venues have a wider range of expensive seats than in 1994. The bid book listed a total of 3,757 luxury suites as well as 76,317 club seating, even before SoFi opened, which hosted the Super Bowl.
Eighteen of the eleven U.S. stadiums are equipped with artificial turf. The AMB Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Dietmar Exler said that growing lamps would be used. The company has promised temporary grass.
He said, “We will work closely with FIFA to determine how best we can manage and ensure we have the best natural grass available.” “That’s a high-priority area for us to concentrate on.”
SoFi is one example. It cannot fit a 68x-105 meter (75×115 yard) field. Renovations would be necessary to remove seats from the sidelines. FIFA had similar demands before 1994 but backed down and allowed for some narrower surfaces.
Smith stated that “we have to move some of the pinch points,” It doesn’t have any material aspects of capacity.”
After FedEx pulled out in April, the Detroit area, which was home to the Pontiac Silverdome, was cut in 2018. Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium became the contender for the capital. In 1994, Washington’s RFK Stadium saw use.
Chicago, the host of 1994’s opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, declined to bid, citing FIFA demands.
Contrary to the 1992 site announcement at a news conference 1992, the information for 2026 was made during a broadcast from Fox’s Manhattan studio.
Christian Pulisic, a U.S. celebrity, said that “it’s grown so many in my lifetime” and that “I’m hoping that it can even go that next step.”