Jacksonville solicited for 2026 FIFA World Cup

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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.

Sport Minneapolis will work with U.S. Bank Stadium, the city of Minneapolis and other partners to create a comprehensive bid, as cities need to provide information about transportation, experience playing host to major events, accommodations, environmental protection initiatives, potential venues and more, according to Sport Minneapolis' release. The first sporting event ever held at the stadium was a 2016 International Champions Cup match between A.C. Milan and Chelsea F.C.

The leading US venue contenders: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts), MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia), FedEx Field (Landover, Maryland), Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta), Hard Rock Stadium (Miami), Soldier Field (Chicago), AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas), NRG Stadium (Houston), Sports Authority Field (Denver), University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Arizona), the Los Angeles NFL stadium opening in 2020, Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, California) and CenturyLink Field (Seattle).

Speaking about the bid, Mayor Gregor Robertson points out Vancouver has previously hosted other global sporting events, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics, the HSBC Rugby World Sevens Series, and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The US-Mexico-Canada World Cup bid will submit between 20-25 venues in its final bid to Federation Internationale de Football Association, with 12 locations likely to be chosen as host cities. Cities have until September 5 to declare their interest in taking part in the bid process.

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At least 10 indoor stadiums in the US and Canada would need real temporary grass to host games for the first tournament that will have an expanded 48-team format.

Lenarduzzi was managing the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League when the USA was awarded the 1994 tournament in 1988.

2026 FIFA World Cup a "salivating proposition". The World Cup requires venues with at least 40,000 seats to host group stage matches. The deadline for bids to submit their interest was on Monday, and the winning bid will be decided at the FIFA Congress in June 2018.

Montreal's Olympic Stadium, with capacity for 61,004 people, is the largest of the Canadian stadia.

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