MetLife Stadium Gets Closer To Hosting World Cup 2026
There is an interesting thing happening with the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Normally an individual country will host the tournament, like South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014, and Russia for 2018. While they use a number of stadiums, they're still all part of the same country.
Qatar has already (controversially) been named the host for the 2022 Cup, which leads us to the unique possibility for the 2026 World Cup - a "North American" host, made up of locations in the US, Canada and Mexico.
It would be the first time multiple countries hosted; Canada and Mexico would host 10 games each, with the USA hosting the remaining 60. There are 19 stadiums across the country that are still being considered, including the NY/NJ bid to use MetLife Stadium.
The old Giants Stadium hosted games during the 1994 World Cup, and MetLife has already hosted a Super Bowl. Governor Phil Murphy has requested to be a co-chairman of the bid, alongside New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio. The logistics around hosting would also bring in the NY Port Authority and NJ State Police, and use training facilities like the Red Bull Arena, Princeton University, Kean University, and the New York City Football Club.
FIFA will announce its final decision at the 2018 FIFA Congress in Moscow this June.
The World Cup is really the only time I pay attention to soccer. I feel like I'd enjoy it outside of that, but I never have the desire to really follow MLS. If the World Cup does hold games at MetLife, I'd definitely be down to get tickets - how about you?
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