Houston and NRG Stadium are on an official list for cities and venues that may be considered to host a FIFA World Cup match if the event comes to North America in 2026.
The list includes 37 stadiums in 34 US cities. In order to host the opening match and the final, a stadium must have a capacity of at least 80,000. Federation Internationale de Football Association will announce on June 13, 2018 whether they have awarded the 2026 World Cup to North America or Morocco - the only other country bidding for the event. Minneapolis is one of 44 cities and 49 stadiums to submit basic information by the September 5 deadline.
Next month, a shortlist of cities that will be part of the bid will be announced, before the bid is submitted in March, 2018. The stadium does meet the required threshold for group stage matches, though- which require 40,000 seats.
Seattle, just three hours south of Vancouver, has its 72,000-seat CenturyLink Field, which is the home of the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Regina's Mosaic Stadium is one of nine stadiums in Canada listed as prospective venues.
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Forty-four cities across three nations are being solicited for interest in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and Jacksonville is one of them. The committee also requested information on transportation infrastructure and experience hosting major sporting events from the cities identified as potential host sites.
By that time, the committee needs to trim its list to 20 to 25 stadiums.
The United States will host all knockout games from the quarter-finals onwards.
If selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it's anticipated that at least 12 other locations could serve as official host cities. In Montreal, that would be Olympic Stadium and Saputo Stadium while in Toronto, games could be held in Rogers Centre or at BMO Field.