Solider Field among sites considered for 2026 World Cup bid

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

The bid committee says it will review interest and select a short list of possible host cities by, according to a news release.

The list is comprised of 49 stadiums in and around 44 cities that will be considered for inclusion in the official bid that will be sent to Federation Internationale de Football Association by March 16, 2018.

If a city is not picked to host matches, they could host team base camps or events like the Preliminary or Final Draw.

USA, Canada and Mexico will compete with Morocco for the right to host the World Cup in nine years' time, and the joint bid is considered the heavy favorite to win the race.

Organizers of the united North American bid will announce a shortlist of at least 12 host cities by late September. AT&T Stadium is the largest venue with a listed capacity of 105,000, the Cotton Bowl is second at 92,100.

Others named were McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Olympic and Saputo stadiums in Montreal, TD Place in Ottawa, Rogers Centre and BMO Field in Toronto, and BC Place in Vancouver.

Sports Minneapolis will respond on behalf of the city and U.S. Bank Stadium to a request for information to be a potential host for 2026 World Cup games.

But Cicero said New Orleans has plenty of experience attracting worldwide visitors and organizing major sporting events, including being chosen as the host for the Super Bowl 10 times, the men's basketball Final Four six times, and the NBA All-Star Game three times. Arrowhead Stadium holds more than 76,000 people.

NRG Stadium in Houston and the Alamo Dome in San Antonio are also on the list. Even if a city isn't chosen to host a match, there could be other opportunities for it to be involved in the World Cup.

  • Jon Douglas