US, Canada, Mexico to make joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup
Canada, Mexico and the United States have announced its joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup in a press conference held at the One World Trade Center building in New York City.
According to the president of the US Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, US President Donald Trump has been very "supportive" with the bid and had encouraged it to happen, BBC reported.
"The United States, Mexico and Canada have individually demonstrated their exceptional abilities to host world-class events," Gulati said.
As stated on the proposal for the 2026 World Cup, the US is going to host 60 games that include all matches from quarter-finals onward. Mexico and Canada, on the other hand, will host 10 games each in the respective countries.
The joint bid from US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup is a good fit especially with the current 48 countries, 80 games format of the 2026 tournament, Concacaf president, Victor Montagliani, said while speaking with The Guardian last week.
Some of the venues that are being eyed to host the 2026 World Cup in the US are: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey that can hold 82,500 people; AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with capacity of 80,000; Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California with capacity of 68,500; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts that can hold 66,000 people and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia with capacity of 69,500.
No official news yet if the joint bid of the three countries to host the 2026 World Cup is a success. If it did pass through, this would be the second time a major tournament is co-hosted by multiple countries, The Guardian reported. The first one would be the 2002 tournament which was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.
The USA is currently holding the highest average attendance in record in the tournament's history during the 1994 World Cup, according to BBC. While Mexico had hosted the event twice in the past in 1970 and 1986. Canada, meanwhile, hosted the Women's World Cup in 2015.