Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

US Bank Stadium in Consideration to Host 2026 World Cup Matches

US Bank Stadium in Consideration to Host 2026 World Cup Matches

Minneapolis officials announced Tuesday their intentions to submit a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the biggest event in soccer.

The U.S. has 34 cities and 39 stadiums on the list of potential candidates, the rest are split between Mexico and Canada.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada sent "requests for information" to officials in 44 cities that house the various stadiums being considered as potential venues. It is, however, well above the 40,000-seat minimum required to host group stage matches.

According to Tom Marshall of, the United Bid Committee confirmed 34 cities in the USA will be approached, along with seven in Canada and three in Mexico featuring a total of 49 venues. The United Bid Committee will trim the list by late September. Twenty to 25 venues will be included in the official bid, which will be submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's worldwide governing body, in March.

The City of Vancouver is vying to be one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Seven cities in Canada are under consideration, including Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto and Vancouver. Municipal leaders in each city have been asked to provide information about game and training venues, transportation infrastructure, past experience hosting major sporting and cultural events and available accommodations.

Jacksonville can expect to face strong competition from Orlando, which served as a host for both the 1994 World Cup and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. AT&T Stadium has a 105,000 seating capacity, while the Cotton Bowl holds 92,100.

There will be 80 matches at that World Cup as it expands to 48 teams.

The United States will host all knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards.

By that time, the committee needs to trim its list to 20 to 25 stadiums.

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