Calgary included on 2026 FIFA World Cup host city long list

Rachel Hardy
August 16, 2017

The committee reached out to 44 cities in three nations inquiring about their interest in hosting World Cup matches.

Mexico's proposed venues are limited to three stadiums, most notably Mexico City' Estadio Azteca, the stage for the 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals.

A list of the other stadiums and cities being considered can be found online here.

In total, 49 stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada will be considered for inclusion in the official bid.

While dozens of North American facilities easily meet tournament seating requirements - 40,000 through the quarterfinals, 60,000 for the semifinals, 80,000 for the opener and final - Federation Internationale de Football Association and the local organizing committee would not want a large number of venues hosting one or two matches.

"In addition to a stadium capable of hosting worldwide soccer, each city has to propose top international-level training sites and locations for team base camps, and hotels for teams, staff and VIP's", The United Bid Committee said in a statement.

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The committee that is hoping to bring the World Cup to the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced it will review interest and select a short list of possible host cities in September.

If FIFA awards the tournament to North America, 10 matches will be held in Canada.

Melvin Tennant, the executive director of Sports Minneapolis, an offshoot of the Meet Minneapolis convention and visitor's association, cited the upcoming Super Bowl, this summer's X Games and NCAA men's Final Four in 2019 as examples of the city's budding reputation.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament using FIFA's expanded 48-team format.

U.S. Bank Stadium is no stranger to hosting worldwide soccer matches.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium, with capacity for 61,004 people, is the largest of the Canadian stadia. A final bid from each city will be due by January of 2018.

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