North Texas in Running to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Tampa's Raymond James Stadium being considered to join bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup

"Vancouver is a world-class host city that has successfully hosted many worldwide sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympics, the HSBC Rugby World Sevens Series and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup", said Mayor Gregor Robertson.

World Cup stadiums must, among other things, seat at least 40,000 people and meet the minimum field size standards of world soccer governing body, FIFA. Aside from the logistical challenges, a big list of stadiums does not increase revenue but does raise costs.

All of the knockout-round games will be played in the USA, but there is reportedly a chance Mexico City's Azteca Stadium could host the opener.

The United Bid Committee expects to submit between 20 to 25 venues in its bid to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Soldier Field is among the sites considered to be included in a 2026 World Cup bid.

Minnesota United, the state's Major League Soccer team in its inaugural season, is building a soccer-specific, natural-grass stadium in the St. Paul Midway neighborhood, to open in 2019.

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After hearing back from the cities, the committee will narrow the shortlist of cities by the end of September.

The 1994 tournament still holds the record for World Cup total attendance (3.6 million) and average attendance (69,000).

Morocco's decision to bid for the 2026 World Cup soccer finals will see the North African country hoping to make it fifth time lucky after some near misses in the past. If the North American bid succeeds, that number would be whittled down further.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico, and Canada has reportedly reached out to city officials to take part in the bidding process.

The 2026 World Cup is set to be the first with a 48-team format, up from the current 32-squad setup.

Canada is coming off hosting the 2015 Women's World Cup, deemed a success on and off the field. The UBC will then provide more detailed bid documentation to the cities and conduct meetings to discuss questions as candidate cities prepare their final bid, which is due in early January. Other regional candidates include Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans and Tampa.

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