By - lionnyc
I'd be shocked if Nashville makes it given the current Titans stadium situation (unless there is some sort of deal with the new stadium going on behind the scenes). Excited to still be in contention though.
Agreed. I don't see us having much of a chance unfortunately.
Whats going on with their stadium? I was banking on Nashville being picked since Chicago declined to put in a bid.
They have all but finalized the funding for a new stadium right next to Nissan Stadium that will reportedly be ready in 2026. That means they won’t do any renovations to Nissan Stadium — which is the stadium in the World Cup bid, and the new stadium isn’t official yet so it’s not like FIFA can bank on it when they make the final announcement next month.
Sounds way too risky to choose a stadium with a completion date the same year as the World Cup
And even if they choose Nissan Stadium, it would be a complete mess due to the construction.
Gonna have to make a road trip. Went to Dallas in ‘94 to see Bulgaria beat Argentina. Was a long drive from here!
If Cinci gets one that would still rock for you.
From what I've read, Nashville was a lock, before this new stadium.
Such a dumb move on their part.
Not really dumb. Paying the $1B necessary for renovations to Nissan instead of just making a new stadium that will bring Super Bowls, Final Fours, etc. would be way more dumb.
So 40k is the minimum capacity for a World Cup game. I'm wondering if there is anyway Geodis can be modified temporarily to add 10k seats. I know a couple of the corners in the upper deck (maybe all of them) don't have seats. The large screen fills one of the corners.
Probably would never happen, but I just had the thought.
[Remaining candidates: Atlanta, Baltimore/DC, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, Nashville, New York/NJ, Orlando, Philadelphia, SF Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver.](https://twitter.com/SoccerInsider/status/1527686847907913728)
I'm still upset NOLA never even got a look at being a venue.
Superdome has only hosted 2 USWNT games, including Wambach's final game which drew just 9,371.
I don't think the field is wide enough for FIFA regulations (similar to SoFi Stadium).
Yeah I remember that game but I wouldn't be concered about the turnout for World Cup matches.
I'd really be surprised if that was their reasoning because of all the events the dome can and does hold. It seems like plenty of room to me but I suppose FIFA can get picky.
I looked up just basic info and they were dropped early on, I wonder why. I think it would've been great for every one if the World Cup had a match down here.
I don’t know how FIFA feels with soccer matches being played on artificial turf.
I know for Atlanta they are going to put in grass for WC because turf was no no.
Yeah I know that could’ve been an issue as well but I see no reason they couldn’t have thrown down real grass in the dome. They can do some magic in there with some events.
New Orleans is not a good World Cup city. It’s small, dirty, dangerous, and doesn’t have the infrastructure.
Then on an unrelated note the geography is terrible like who’s bright idea was it to build a city in bowl so that it can easily flood.
I’m laughing imaging a Japanese or German tourist walking around New Orleans lol. They’d never come back to America if that was their only experience with the USA. They’d leave thinking America was like Moldova or Bangladesh
Small yes, dirty yes, dangerous only if you have no brain on you, it has the infrastructure for the Super Bowl and other large sporting events so I don’t see how the World Cup would be any different.
The World Cup is about showcasing your country and New Orleans is not a city the USA needs to showcase. It’s a fun weekend trip for someone from the southeast (like me) who is used to dirty cities and a hellish climate but it’s not a place world visitors need or want to spend time in.
I’ve been to New Orleans several times and enjoyed it but it’s different when you’re traveling 4 hours down I-10 vs a $10,000 ticket to a game and a 20 hour plane ride from Asia or the Middle East
Highly disagree. Thinking that a city with one street relegated for tourists to act a fool and hot weather disqualifies a city for hosting an event is foolish. Otherwise Brazil wouldn’t even be allowed to be thought of as a spot to host games. The game being played in a dome would negate the whole weather issue entirely.
My own, albeit anecdotal, personal experiences with people from around the world that come to America has shown me that NOLA is a place many want to go to.
New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the world. While I'd never live there I love it. I'd rather be there than Atlanta
Them and whoever upvoted that must've been told where they got their shoes from when they visited New Orleans.
I'm not saying it's a top-tier, can't miss, first time need to visit place, but it'd be a lie to not have NOLA as one of the best places to visit for anyone traveling to America. Their reasoning behind not having a game in NOLA is ass backwards.
I hope we dont have foreign tourists visiting Houston. I want them to get a good impression of the US
Does Houston have a tourist attraction where you can shoot machine guns like Las Vegas? I'm sure some tourist would like that
I went to the Kennedy Space Center and it is packed with tourists so there’s that
Dallas area has a thing where you can shoot a minigun out the side of a helicopter at some wild boar
Only worth it if they put games in the astrodome
Word on the street is Philly could be getting semi final matches…
4th of july in Philadelphia on the America's Semiquincentennial (250th aniversary)
I don't know how they could pass up a game in philly on july 4, especially with it being the 250th anniversary and all that.
Apparently no city’s bid has risen faster than Philadelphias
Fuck Philly as a city, but yeah, this is too good to pass
Philly was one of my favorite cities in the 70s and 80s though.
I'm glad so many people like it.
Pulisic scores in extra time to beat England on 4th of July in Philadelphia. The Liberty bell is rung for the first time in 225 years.
Man I get a Semiquincetennial just thinking about it
Philly is a great city for tourists. Lots of history and culture.
The Gangs International Incident
I wish I could buy tickets to all the Philadelphia games if they get games at a locked price before they announce the teams it would get. Tunisia vs New Zealand? $100. Germany vs Uruguay? $100.
Buying every match in a single venue is an option when you buy tickets via FIFA.
Such a crying shame that Montréal won't get to host and foreign tourists won't come and visit that city. I could imagine the WC party atmosphere there would be among the very best in North America
other cities have strippers too
Still bummed Chicago pulled out. The damn US Soccer house is literally within walking distance.
Pulling for KC, I feel like we check all the boxes except for public transportation. New airport will be ready to go, but I don't see anything beyond busses running up, down, and along I-29 and I-70 to get people from the airport to downtown, then out to the stadium.
Plenty of great fields for training - national training center, CMP, Swope, and the new women's SSS.
Think we’ll definitely be a hub for some teams based on those reasons and central location. Afraid stadium location and public transport will hold us from actual games though, unfortunately
We’re in the same boat.
Kasich, Cranley, and a few others are to blame for absolutely hamstringing any rare infrastructure plans that actually did come up.
Now we’re just trying to make sure the bridge (that everyone else uses but doesn’t pay taxes or tolls for) doesn’t fall in to the damn Ohio.
We do have a good airport, but getting to downtown from it is an absolute nightmare at peak hours. The hotel situation downtown is 1000x better than 10 years ago but there still a really old convention center that I’m sure FIFA made some jokes about after leaving.
Yeah, the replacement bridge is scheduled to begin Autumn 2023 with a 2028 completion so won't be ready for the WC.
Very car intensive area, but honestly I don't find it that bad traffic wise. Can go around and I often use Clay Wade, Roebling, Southgate, or take 275 to 471 to avoid Brent Spence.
I would love that…went to Mizzou and always love a good excuse to visit my friends in KCMO. It’s a great soccer town and a sellout at Arrowhead could be LOUD
Think Seattle has a really good shot, only downside is physical isolation.... fingers crossed
3 hours to portland or vancouver. It makes more sense than vancouver unless they need it for the canada quota.
Well Portland isn't part of it, so they don't count for FIFA's pov. I actually think SEA and VAN are likely to be a package deal, but I could have seen FIFA leaving the PNW out altogether.
Yeah why leave out a part of the country which has tons of soccer fans that sell out their local stadiums and have a bunch of wealthy tech bros to pay whatever stupid price fifa charges lol
Not only that, but Seattle is a *major* airport hub, with direct flights coming in from all over the place. It makes absolute sense to put games here in a massive stadium with direct no-vehicles-necessary access to and from the airport.
> public transportation, lodging and local venues
The fuck? Give me Seattle's public transport over most of those in the bid.
And our venues are fucking awesome, what is wrong with them. (Lack of hotel rooms is an issue)
Edit: just read the scores, def not attacking the messenger when i say A 4.6/30 FOR THE STADIUM IS ABSOLUTE HORSESHIT. 0.22/15 FOR FAN FEST CAPACITY IS HORSESHIT TOO.
2.9/10 fpr public transport puts Seattle 4th LOLLLL AMERICA.
WAIT PHILLY'S AIRPORT IS A 10/15? FUCK OFF
You can land in Seattle and take light rail directly to the stadium without needing to transfer like you have to in Philly.
That source for scoring is straight trash.
Boston has better public transit than Seattle? Did they miss where the stadium is in Foxborough and not all that easy to get to compared to the light rail which goes there and it's walkable? Also there's a ton of hotels that have gone up over the recent years in Seattle, along with even more going up.
I'm over here looking at our bus system and streetcar that goes 2 miles through the city center and am feeling really jealous of Seattle's setup.
95% chance your streetcar is better than ours, which don't even connect because our city council is actually run by moderate Democrat voters who would rather drive around the block for 30 minutes just to end up parking illegally and blocking a bus lane instead of walking.
The rest of our public transit is pretty good.
What is "Fanfest Venue total capacity"? And how on earth are these stadium scores computed?
Fanfest is the location for all the DJs and other stuff. In our case, I believe it'll be the Seattle waterfront, where they ripped out the viaduct. It isn't exactly at the stadium itself, but I can't imagine it would be hard to figure out a system for that.
Does it need to be near the stadium? Could T-Mobile Park be used for that?
T Mobile will be used for baseball and is a fan fest option.
So is WAMU theater.
Seattle Center is a prime fan fest candidate, and probably the best spot because of all the green space and OH YEAH THE SPACE NEEDLE.
Occidental square is also an option, there's many options in the city... cal Anderson has a direct connection to the stadium in two different directions. The scoring is absolute horseshit.
In Region public transportation is getting better every year with the ST3 build out, and with VRBO/AirBnB, lodging is more than raw hotel rooms. Fan Fest metric is flawed because we can use the entire Myrtle Edwards + Seattle Center area. We also have excellent and expandable rail links both North and South (Vancouver/Portland) for medium distance travelers.
Seattle regularly outsells every other MLS market for CONCAChampions. It would be a travesty to bypass Seattle as a host city
> It would be a travesty to bypass Seattle as a host city
Travesties are in FIFA's wheelhouse.
The hotels are the only real issue, IMO. There aren't many large ones nearby, and getting to the others can be a pain depending on which ones, sure. I know several large ones have gone up over the last couple years, and I'm sure more will be built soon as well as Seattle continues to grow.
Those other rankings seem insanely low to me though, so I don't know how much of that I'd believe outright (is there further verification?)
I'd also like to point out that FIFA's 2026 website has Seattle as the background for the page.
Just hire some cruise ships and let people stay there. If a team has games in Seattle and Vancouver, they could just sail between the two
Honestly, that'd be a fucking amazing experience IMO.
You should never Yacht alone.
According to [this old article](https://crosscut.com/2014/02/cold-weather-cities-nfl-roger-goodell-seattle-hawk) from 2014 (so things may have changed somewhat since then, for better or worse), it's more to do with the Super Bowl taking place in typically cold/miserable months for us, as well as the lack of space inside the convention center to host their version of FanFest.
Neither of those would apply to a summer game with an outdoor FanFest location custom-tailored to the World Cup like we're likely to see (if selected).
I don't think Seattle is necessarily a lock, but I think we're close to it.
This is the correct answer. It's about the weather more than anything.
In any case, \*Cascadia\* should be a lock, which as of now should mean Seattle and/or Vancouver. And Vancouver got the 2015 Women's World Cup (including final), but Vancouver has also been a bit schizophrenic with their bid.
EDIT: Also would point out that per the articles criticism of Seattle's "inadequate convention space", that the Washington State Convention center is now 3 times as large as it was in 2014. Although I don't know if that space would even be desirable for World Cup non-game events, since they are indoors. Unless it is a last minute escape of a freak 115 F heatwave.
One important thing to remember is that we can also use Bellevue’s hotel capacity for this event. They have several fairly large options that would be in play with the new light rail line.
Huh? Maybe not compared to major European and Asian cities. But for American cities, by 2026, it'll definitely be near the top. Only the major NE cities are better, especially when considering the venue in particular. The ID station will be the nexus of our transit system.
I think Seattle and Vancouver will both get it and their proximity to each other will help matters (It's Canada's #2 location after all, sorry Edmonton).
I agree if Vancouver get Canada 2nd spot (I don’t think it makes sense for Canada to get 3) Seattle is a perfect fit.
Hoping for a Cincinnati surprise!
If we got a match here it would be amazing to welcome international fans to our corner of the globe.
I think people are discounting how fortunate it is that PBS is downtown and how most fans could walk or catch the connector during the wc games.
The fact the event is in New York gives me hope that the final will be played at MetLife and not the Rose Bowl or another venue. At least that's my takeaway.
The bid proposed the final be played at MetLife, for what that is worth.
A MetLife final is gross compared to the Rose Bowl, SoFi or Mercedes Benz but infinity better than Jerry World
The bid proposed the semi final be played at Mercedes Benz, for what is worth
The bid proposed the opener be played at the Rose Bowl, for what is worth
I so hope the Dallas game is in the Cotton Bowl
Cowboy stadium final is way better than MetLife idk why you think that
It had 3 or 4 spots proposed for the final. But it will probably be MetLife
They already had copa America final , not fair
I'm shocked that Foxboro is still in the mix, how the hell is everyone going to get there? A bunch of foreign tourists are going to take the commuter rail from Boston? Are they going to run special busses from Boston that'll sit in traffic for hours and hours?
Kraft was chairman of the original bid group
Yeah, I had a notion it was something like this, because on the merits there's no way it should make the cut.
Isn’t there a train that runs for Pats games?
Shame they don’t run it for Revs as that would surely get more ppl out that way is my understanding
How much will SoFi Stadium’s malaise at proper soccer dimensions screw Los Angeles out of being a World Cup city?
LA still has the Rose Bowl, which (in my opinion) deserves to be a host. I can’t think of a more historic stadium in this country than the Granddaddy of them All.
> I can’t think of a more historic stadium in this country than the Granddaddy of them All.
The LA Coliseum can make a good claim for the title as well.
Plus it has a larger seating capacity than SoFi stadium and most of the other candidate venues. I'd be stunned if the Rose Bowl is not one of the selected venues.
What it does lack is luxury boxes which are huge revenue sources
And obviously the amenities cannot match Sofi
Super Bowl commanded $2 million+ for individual suites so FIFA is going to want in on that
That’s a good point I didn’t think about. Gotta wonder if FIFA would make an exception for SoFi to get those boxes at the expense of having a stadium with the proper dimensions
Does allowing the conditions the games will be played under to be substandard just to make more money really sound like something FIFA would do?
It absolutely does and that's the sad thing. The federations will protest it, the fans will obviously be unhappy, but FIFA will be more than happy to weather the storm to line their pockets even more.
I can. The LA Colisseum, granted you can’t fit the same number of people inside.
The Rose Bowl is actually a really good stadium for soccer and it doesn’t hurt that it holds 92,000+ people.
Given the significance of the Rose Bowl in US soccer history, it would be really sad if it wasn't one of the sites.
Rose Bowl will pick up what SoFi dropped.
Guess we’ll just have to slum it and go with the stadium that already held two World Cup games, including a final.
Seattle and Vancouver, what a good connection that would be.
In Atlanta they’ve been reporting that we are getting a semifinal match. Hope it’s true.
Anybody know where in Mexico? I'm thinking Mexico City, Monterrey, and ?
Orlando has to get some games, if only as a thanks for all the shit we did for CONCACAF/USSF during the pandemic...
We need a major overhaul of Camping World and our public transit system. Also if we do get it, all people in Paramore will most likely be bought out and displaced. No way in hell the USSF is going to want people walking through the hood or seeing the hood by tourist.
Edit: I do not want Gentrification. I am just stating a fact of what has already been said. If Orlando gets ir, they will displace a major African American community from its area. I am not for that at all for many reasons. Also we have a major housing crisis already.. where are people gonna go?
The gentrification of that area would do wonders for Orlando in general. 1,000%.
Knowing how close Paramore is to downtown, it's a miracle it hasn't happened already. That's prime real estate but I guess your downtown is more business centric?
I don't see that happening. The only reason Orlando was part of the 94 WC is because Miami's stadium wasn't available.
I could see it, especially since I know for a fact Disney is more than willing to chip in financially. Plus by then, if Miami gets a spot too... Just take Brightline between the two!
>"While stadiums represent essential element of selection process, FIFA considering overarching proposals presented by each city, which are broader in nature and also include ancillary events / venues, sustainability, **human rights,** legacy, general infrastructure, financial impact"
I mean it'll probably mostly the most attractive destinations mixed with the venues with the largest seating capacities to sell the most tickets. My guess is NYC, LA, and Dallas are the only locks. After that probably a mix of Seattle, Miami, Houston, Denver, KC, Philly, and Atlanta.
I think DC/Baltimore is a lock -- there must have been an agreement in order for them to merge bids. Also, FIFA probably likes the idea of Fan Fest on the National Mall, especially during America's 250th anniversary.
I think Atlanta is for sure a lock.
So long as Seattle is one of the cities I'm good to go.
FIFA says human rights will play a factor? Since when?
The 10 US hosts are obviously Portland, ME, Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, Hartford, CT, Foxboro, MA, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, Cambridge, MA, Worcester, MA and Portsmouth, NH
Is this a list of potential locations for the NYCFC stadium?
NYCFC US Tour 2022
Now you’re talking
This is basically what England would do if they were hosting haha. Imagining world class stadiums in each of those cities rules.
Damn, West Haven was snubbed
New Haven withdrew their consideration after Yale wouldn’t allow their stadium to be used and the remaining WASP towns decided not to partake.
(Is this World Cup DND?)
I just want to know how many games Atlanta is getting so I can budget the money to go to all of them. I'm personally thinking Atlanta & Philly will get semifinal matches.
It’s controversial but I hope Houston is one. It’s the space city after all.
Houston in the summer?! Sorry but geez. I know that NRG Stadium has a retractable roof. Would FIFA allow games to be played in an enclosed stadium, or will their purity about grass pitches also extend to being outdoors?
The Silverdome hosted in 94. It’s not hard to imagine that things have changed but it has at least been done before.
Gelsenkirchen (Schalke) hosted in 2006, but I'm not sure if the roof was opened or closed during the games.
I wonder if the economy will mellow out before then. I've been saving for 2 years but considering using the money for other things now.
Houston better get a game. It'd be a shame if there's nothing for anyone on the gulf. And Dallas can't even have most of their sports anywhere near the city. Are we really going to force people to go out to Giga-suburb-whatever to watch a match? Asco.
One of them is Seattle unless it's rigged.
If it's not Seattle it's because of the turf situation
That's not an issue as it can be easily removed (yes, REMOVED...not have grass just put on top of it) for the World Cup in place of grass.
This is FIFA we're talking about. If Seattle gets it or doesn't get it, it's rigged regardless.
No games in the Midwest? 😢
What do you consider Midwest? I mean KC, Dallas, Cincinnati are still on the list. I know everyone has differing opinions on which ones of the are/are not Midwest. But surely they’ll pick at least one of those 3.
Dallas is most definitely not the Midwest lol. Kansas City and Cincinnati are I guess but I always think of the Midwest as more of the upper Midwest. The other states seem more southern to me.
I’m upset one isn’t here in Chicago but not even in Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota is a travesty.
Minneapolis withdrew their bid
Detroit tried but was rejected (I'm guessing because their stadium has a smaller seating capacity but IDK why Ann Arbor wasn't an option)
Green Bay was contacted about a bid but never officially submitted one
Michigan stadium can't fit a world cup width field and almost all of the seats are just benches plus lack of hotels in Ann Arbor and lack of public transit to Detroit. Michigan football games snarl the city and that's with 30k students and some amount of locals being able to walk to games. When is 120k people from outside of town coming to a game it's madness.
Haha yeah…Texas and Oklahoma are ones that always get lumped into either the south or the Midwest and I don’t think they’re really either.
Chicago dropping out probably improved Cincinnati’s chances as I think the three of Cincinnati, KC and Dallas all have a strong cases to be hosts as they all are sort of the only cities in their specific sub-regions. I think only one of KC and Dallas will be picked though (which is fine with me cause I’m almost exactly halfway between the two)
I guess it just depends how much FIFA wants to spread it out or keep them close.
Chicago didn’t even bother with a bid for whatever reason. Milwaukee doesn’t have a stadium that fits FIFA’s needs, unfortunately.
Dunno about MN or MI tho, feel like they coulda been picked
I think that was Rahm’s call if I remember correctly. Milwaukee didn’t have to be it, Madison or Green Bay would work great too.
Yup Rahm decided against it. It’s kind of annoying cause I’m pretty sure the city of Chicago already fulfills all of FIFA’s requirements so I don’t think it would have been a big spend
When the actual center of the lower 48 is damn near in the center of your state, pretty sure you're literally Midwest.
Midwest is more a historic / cultural term than literal geography.
Did you just say dallas
Here are my predictions with what important matches will be held there.
Mexico City - Opening Match for Mexico with main ceremonies & Round of 16 Match
Guadalajara - Round of 16 Match
Monterey - Round of 16 Match
Toronto - Opening Match for Canada & Round of 16 Match
Vancouver - Round of 32 Match
Edmonton - Round of 32 Match
NY/NJ - Round of 16 Match & Final Match
LA- Opening Match for the US, Round of 16 & Quarter Final Match
Seattle - Round of 32 Match
Miami - Round of 16 Match & 3rd Place Match
San Francisco - Quarter Final Match
DC & Baltimore Joint Bid - Quarter Final Match
Dallas- Round of 16 Match & Semifinal
Boston - Quarter Final Match
Kansas City- Round of 16 Match
Atlanta - Round of 16 Match & Semifinal
For fun, here are my predictions on where important events will be:
NY- FIFA HQ
Dallas -Ref HQ
Miami - Preliminary Draw
LA - Final Draw
Baltimore - WC Team Workshop
Mexico City - FIFA Congress
My predictions are based on documents, statements and other information that I found
Didn't they already make it clear the final will be at Metlife in NY/NJ?
Until it's official it's not real, IMO. Los Angeles is always a candidate for that, and Philadelphia has also reportedly impressed quite a bit during the FIFA exec touring (plus the idea of the final being in the country's birthplace for its 250th birthday is pretty cool).
Maybe the NYC region scores better for transport/hotels/etc but you can’t convince me that MetLife Stadium is a better venue than Sofi Stadium. Using what metrics? By any measure Sofi is far more modern and luxurious
Oh yeah I didn’t realize they screwed that up big time lol
Yeah I mean LA is certainly a better candidate than NYC just based on stadium/aesthetics. Maybe they are trying to give the east coast some love since LA hosted the final the last time
The biggest question for NY and LA will be "Who hosts the Opener, and Who hosts the Final". Both will go to those two cities, and each will almost certainly get one of them.
Chicago \*could\* have horned it's way into that equation if they had bid, but like with every other World Cup in history, the openers and finals have always been in very predictable locations. The US just happens to have more than one, and two of those are still "alive".
Come on, Denver! Let's go!!
I'd be amazed if Denver doesn't get some games.