FIFA, the governing body behind world soccer, has announced today the 16 North American cities selected to 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 Houston games will be played at NRG 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. Houston was chosen ahead of other major cities, including Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, and Las Vegas.
Unsurprisingly the Houston Dynamos, the Major League Soccer team based in Houston, were quick to react to this good news.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was also excited.
" Today’s announcement is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the bid committee and many others. We are honored and excited to be awarded the opportunity to welcome sports fans worldwide to experience the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Houston. Our city’s diverse, community-driven, and innovative standing will deliver a memorable FIFA World Cup experience for the players, fans, and everyone involved. The FIFA World Cup will leave a legacy for the people in this city for generations to come.” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Hosting matches will bring in many tourists and provide more jobs for Houston throughout the tournament.
Readers, are you glad that Houston was chosen as a host city for the 2026 World Cup? Do you intend to go to any games?
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