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This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026


They need the automatic host bid
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026

They need the automatic host bid

But they still need to win games and be good if they want anyone to care
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Originally posted by FlayvaMeister:
I'm curious, which city will host the final match …
FIFA, unlike MLS, has very specific rules with regards to the playing pitch.

Last I checked, the surface has to be natural grass. Does anyone know if this has changed,
When the WC was in the USA in '94 several cities had to install natural grass surfaces

1994 Venues (US sole host):

Boston Area - Foxboro Stadium (since demolished)

Chicago - Soldier Field (since renovated)

Dallas - Cotton Bowl

Detroit - Pontiac Stadium (artificial turf dome, since demolished)

Los Angeles - Rose Bowl (also hosted the most matches)

NY/NJ - Giants Stadium (artificial turf, since demolished)

Orlando - Citrus Bowl (now Camping World Stadium)

SF Bay Area - Stanford Stadium (since renovated and seating capacity decreased)

Washington DC - RFK Stadium

2026 US candidate cities venues (natural turf unless otherwise noted):

Atlanta - Mecedes-Benz Stadium (retractable roof indoors, field turf)

Baltimore - M&T Bank Stadium

Boston Area - Gillette Stadium (field turf)

Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium (field turf)

Dallas - AT&T Stadium (retractable roof indoors, field turf)

Denver - Sports Authority Field

Houston - NRG Stadium (retractable roof indoors, field turf)

Kansas City - Arrowhead Stadium

Los Angeles - Rose Bowl (dunno why new Rams/Chargers stadium isn't the venue being considered...Edit: the new stadium will be reconsidered as LA's venue once it's completed construction)

Miami - Hard Rock Stadium (renovated)

Nashville - Nissan Stadium

NY/NJ - MetLife Stadium (field turf)

Orlando - Camping World Stadium (field turf)

Philadelphia - Lincoln Financial Field

San Francisco Bay Area - Levi's Stadium

Seattle - Century Link Field (field turf)

Washington DC - FedExField

So, in '94 there were 9 venues compared to the 10 there will be in 2026 (whittled down from the 17 listed candidate cities).

My opinion on likeliest US cities to be cut:

Baltimore - locale (proximity to DC)
Cincinnati - locale
Denver - altitude and locale (travel distance)
Houston - climate and locale (proximity to larger venue in Dallas), but this would isolate Dallas as the sole Midwest venue*
Kansas City - climate and locale (travel distance)
Miami - climate and Orlando is more "touristy"
Nashville - climate and locale (travel distance)

*if Dallas and Houston are retained to preserve a Midwest region, Atlanta replaces Houston as a cut. Surprised Chicago wasn't included (instead of Cincinnati).

...climate/humidity considerations are assuming the tournament will be held in June thru July as in 1994 (likely they won't consider pushing it into Jul-Aug so as not to conflict with NFL preseason). I'm sure they'll study the lessons learned from '94 travel and logistics-wise.

Thanx, informative response/post ;D …
With 8 years from today until kickoff 2026 … I'm sure they will be changes galore.
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026

They need the automatic host bid

this year was weird, talent wise, we should've made it. a lot of teams that are very good didn't get in either. plus, the last game against France a couple days ago, half our players were 20-25 year old black dudes. we got this
2 girls, one world cup
Originally posted by FlayvaMeister:
Thanx, informative response/post ;D …
With 8 years from today until kickoff 2026 … I'm sure they will be changes galore.

There's like a 500+ page .pdf of the joint US/Canada/Mexico bid online where it breaks down the venue selection criteria. That's where the info on why LA had to submit the Rose Bowl vs the new Inglewood Stadium due to the latter being incomplete came from. Also, some cities like Chicago and Vancouver took themselves out due to $$$ issues.
Originally posted by English:
Cleveland Tourist Board May be appealing this list.

Originally posted by evil:
Originally posted by English:
Cleveland Tourist Board May be appealing this list.


Yep...
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Originally posted by evil:
Originally posted by English:
Cleveland Tourist Board May be appealing this list.


Yep...

Cleveland is beautiful this time of year, ya'll just don't know

Originally posted by FlayvaMeister:
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
Only 10 cities to host the 60 US matches?

I'm still assuming those 10 "cities" will be regional, i.e. "SF" = Bay Area and its multiple stadia, "LA" = SoCal and its stadia, etc.

I'm curious, which city will host the final match …
FIFA, unlike MLS, has very specific rules with regards to the playing pitch.

Last I checked, the surface has to be natural grass. Does anyone know if this has changed,
When the WC was in the USA in '94 several cities had to install natural grass surfaces

That hasn't changed. Any stadium with artificial turf must have natural grass installed. This is the case for any type of qualifier matches leading up to the World Cup as well.

As far as which cities will be selected, I have no doubt Levi's will be one of the selections. Soccer is very big in nor cal and the people in charge know that. It's one of the reasons San Jose was selected to host the first ever mls game.
[ Edited by StOnEy333 on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:12 PM ]
Levi's legggggo
Originally posted by Janitor:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026

They need the automatic host bid

But they still need to win games and be good if they want anyone to care

94 US world cup did spawn MLS.......
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
Originally posted by Janitor:
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026

They need the automatic host bid

But they still need to win games and be good if they want anyone to care

94 US world cup did spawn MLS.......

Yeah and then it struggled terribly for years until the 2002 cup when USA did pretty good.

You gotta win some for people to care. Just look at Levi's stadium halfway through the season last year, versus the end of the season.
Originally posted by blizzuntz:
This will help USA make the World Cup in 2026

They need the automatic host bid

good point i didn't think of that. So will all 3 host be automatically in?
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