Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Seattle makes latest cut as potential 2026 World Cup host site

Seattle makes latest cut as potential 2026 World Cup host site

The United Bid says it envisions selling more than 5.8 million tickets, "generating in excess of $2 billion in ticketing revenue and ensuring every stadium for every match will be filled with passionate supporters from around the world".

Two big omissions from the list are Chicago, which is the home of U.S. Soccer's headquarters, and Vancouver, which hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup Final.

The list of proposed venues is the largest for any World Cup - South Korea and Japan used 20 cities when they co-hosted in 2002 - but a necessity given the 2026 tournament's expansion to 48 teams from its current 32. The chosen US cities are Arlington, Texas; Atlanta; Baltimore; Cincinnati; Denver; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Houston; Inglewood or Pasadena, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Landover, Maryland; Miami; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Santa Clara, California; and Seattle.

The United States hosted the 1994 World Cup and Mexico staged the tournament in 1970 and 1986.

The stadium has also hosted four straight years of the International Bowl, a tournament featuring 24 middle school and high school teams from around the world.

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Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton have been identified as other potential Canadian host cities.

Both cities withdrew from consideration with announcements earlier Thursday.

Kansas City is still in the running to possibly host the FIFA World Cup in 2026.

Las Vegas is no longer pursuing a World Cup bid after looking at the costs involved. The United Bid last week reorganized its leadership, installing the soccer federation presidents of the three bidding nations as co-presidents to project a spirit of unity and cooperation in what had been seen, probably correctly, as a USA -dominated effort.

FC Cincinnati president and GM Jeff Berding said they're working with the United Bid to promote Cincinnati as a potential host.

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The proposal includes AT&T Stadium in Arlington as a World Cup venue.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk", read the statement.

But a source close to the negotiations said the city's World Cup interest waned in recent weeks because the contract allowed "no indemnification for taxpayers" if Federation Internationale de Football Association changed the terms of the deal.

"This bid, which shares costs across the continent, was a fabulous opportunity to promote British Columbia as part of the most-watched sporting event in the world", said one rival politician, Jas Jihal.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is due to take place from 14th June until 15th July in Russian Federation.

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