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Which US venues are most likely to be chosen for the 2026 Men’s World Cup matches?

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M&T Bank Stadium: Capacity: 71,008; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

Advantage: Paired with Washington.

Cons: On its own, M&T is not a strong candidate.

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FedEx field: Capacity: 82,000; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Round of 16 (RFK Stadium).

advantage: It will settle for being the venue for Fan Fests, assembly of events.

less: Infrastructure problems.

▪ Dallas/Arlington

AT&T Stadium: Capacity: 100,000; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: Quarterfinals (Cotton Bowl).

advantage: all high-tech and high-volume; luxury suites.

less: Dimensions of the field.

▪ Los Angeles/Pasadena

Flower vase: Capacity: 94,194; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: Championship, third place, semifinal.

advantage: History, seating capacity.

less: Aging facility; oldest proposed site (1922 construction); distance from the city.

▪ Los Angeles/Inglewood

SoFi Stadium: Capacity: 70,240; Field: artificial turf; Roof: Yes; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: State-of-the-art services/technology; proximity to LAX.

less: The field must be replaced and raised to meet the requirements.

▪Miami

Hard Rock Stadium: Capacity: 65,326; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Gateway to Latin America; prestigious playing surface.

less: Summer heat.

▪ New York/East Rutherford, New Jersey

MetLife Stadium: Capacity: 82,500; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: Semifinal (Giants Stadium).

advantage: New York, New York.

less: It’s not really New York

▪ Philadelphia

Lincoln Financial Field: Capacity: 67,594; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: playing surface; parking/stage areas; Celebration of the signing of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

less: Most of the stadiums built for the NFL need modifications.

▪ San Francisco/Santa Clara

Levi’s Stadium: Capacity: 68,500; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: Quarterfinals (Stanford Stadium).

advantage: It hosted the 2016 Centenario Cup, final of the 2017 Gold Cup.

less: Nothing major.

Better than 50-50 chance

▪Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Capacity: 71,000; Field: artificial turf; Roof: Retractable; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Air conditioning related to roofs; urban location.

less: Questions related to the installation of the grass field.

▪ Boston/Foxborough

Gillette Stadium: Capacity: 82,500; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: Quarterfinals (Foxboro Stadium).

advantage: Robert Kraft.

less: Extensive field modifications are needed.

▪Denver

Empower Field at Mile High: Capacity: 76,125; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Best bet for the Midwest/Rockies.

less: Not near anything.

▪Houston

NRG Stadium: Capacity: 72,220; Field: artificial turf; Roof: Retractable; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Air conditioning through the roof; paired with Dallas.

less: The grass needs to be replaced.

▪ Kansas City

Arrowhead Stadium: Capacity: 76,416; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Field condition.

less: Field dimensions, ventilation problems.

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▪Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium: Capacity: 65,535; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Midwest location.

less: The Cincinnati Bengals’ lease expires in 2026.

▪Nashville

Nissan Stadium: Capacity: 69,143; Field: Grass; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Can be paired with Cincinnati.

less: Improvements needed, but investment could be diverted to the new Tennessee Titans stadium.

▪Orlando

World Camp Stadium: Capacity: 65,000; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: round of 16 (Citrus Bowl).

advantage: Disney backing closed the deal in ’94.

less: It is located behind Atlanta and Miami in the South.

▪Seattle

Lumen field: Capacity: 68,740; Field: artificial turf; Roof: No; World Cup 1994: No games.

advantage: Near Vancouver; gateway to Asia.

less: Need to prove that the turf installation is up to the task.

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