11 US cities were selected to host games.
NEW YORK — Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri were the newcomers among 11 US locations selected to host games at the 2026 World Cup, while Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida were omitted.
Arlington, Texas; East Rutherford, NJ; Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood and Santa Clara, California were the remnants.
FIFA announced their selection for the inaugural three-co-host World Cup on Thursday, also choosing three Mexican cities and two in Canada.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and Camping World Stadium in Orlando were the only original stadiums used at the 1994 World Cup that were still in competition, and they were among the sites dropped in the finals. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough replaced the demolished Foxboro Stadium used in the 1994 tournament and the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
All US stadiums forecast capacities of 60,000 or more. Three have a retractable roof and one has a fixed roof. Ten have artificial turf but would switch to temporary grass.
This will be the first 48-nation World Cup, instead of the 32-team format used since 1998. There will be 16 groups across three nations in a tournament expected to take place from June 11 to July 12, but possibly starting and ending a week later. Each team will play two first-round games instead of three as part of a circuitous arrangement in which one nation in each group opens against an opponent who has already played. The top two finishers in each group advance to a 32-nation KO tournament.
Revenue has skyrocketed: the 1994 Cup attracted a record 3.59 million fans and grossed US$580 million, generating a profit of US$133.25 million for FIFA and US$50 million for the US organizing committee. FIFA said the 2018 World Cup in Russia generated revenues of US$5.357 billion and a surplus of US$3.533 billion over the four-year cycle.
Alan Rothenberg, former president of the US Soccer Association, believes many US states and cities will refuse to comply.
“I think that’s a fair assumption in most jurisdictions. Some of them might just build it into the stadium price and other things, but getting an actual waiver can be difficult,” he said. “Ultimately, it just means further costs that the hosting committee, the host city, will be responsible for.”
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