No, Salt Lake City won’t host a 2026 World Cup game. Here’s why


SALT LAKE CITY — The World Cup is coming to the United States again.

FIFA approved a united bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup.

The month-long soccer tournament will include matches played in all three countries, with the final match being held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, according to The New York Times.

So will a smaller city like Salt Lake City have a chance to host a World Cup match?

The answer, simply, is no.

That’s because Salt Lake City already had its chance to prove itself as a host city. As the Deseret News reported, the Utah capital was listed as one of the potential World Cup cities for the 2026 bid.

The bid specifically included the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium amid its proposed stadiums.

Rice-Eccles was one of the smallest stadiums on the list.

“The Utah Sports Commission is thrilled Salt Lake City is being considered as a host site by the United Bid Committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission, in a news release in October 2017.

But Salt Lake City was not listed among the final U.S. bid cities, according to Sports Illustrated.

Instead, the World Cup in 2026 will feature 80 matches, with 10 played in Canada, 10 in Mexico and 60 in the United States.

The United Bid sent FIFA a list of 17 potential U.S. host cities, including:

United States:

Atlanta
Baltimore
Boston
Cincinnati
Dallas
Denver
Houston
Kansas City
Los Angeles
Miami
Nashville
New York/New Jersey
Orlando
Philadelphia
San Francisco
Seattle
Washington, D.C.

Mexico:

Guadalajara
Mexico City
Monterrey

Canada:

Edmonton
Montreal
Toronto

That U.S. number will need to be cut down to 10 cities within the next three years, according to Yahoo!

“We’re blessed with world-class facilities,” U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said in a conference call with reporters after winning the bid. “Some iconic, some brand new, cutting-edge, and everything in between. … This is …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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