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Dallas named as a host city for 2026 World Cup

Ash Jurberg

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FIFA, the governing body behind world soccer, has announced the 16 North American cities that will host matches for the 2026 World Cup. Eleven venues in the United States were chosen as well as three in Mexico and two in Canada.

Of those eleven American cities- there were two in Texas, Dallas, and Houston. The Dallas games will be played at the AT&T Stadium.

Cities had to bid to host a World Cup match, and initially, 44 cities applied for the opportunity when the process opened in 2017 as cities were cut or dropped out of the bidding process.

Dallas hosted matches at the 1994 World Cup and is one of only five venues to be chosen again. AT&T Stadium has hosted several large sporting events, including the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and the NBA All-Star Game.

The owner of the NFL franchise, the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, said this news was better than Dallas hosting a Superbowl.

"Candidly, I think it's broader interest from the perspective of Dallas. The longer I'm in sport, the more I realize how important soccer is to this world. To be able to participate in such an event is ... really awesome and inspiring."

Hosting matches will bring in many tourists and provide more jobs for Dallas over the period.

This is a big day for the city of Dallas. Being named as a host city for FIFA World Cup 2026 provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a legacy for North Texas through the most popular sport in the world." Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul. 

Readers, are you glad that Dallas was chosen as a host city for the 2026 World Cup? Do you intend to go to any games?

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