Charlotte Has Been Named As A Potential Host City For The 2026 World Cup


panthers stadiumThe United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada recently announced the list of potential locations that will serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, and Charlotte made the list for the first time.

The committee sent out Requests for Information (RFIs) to 44 cities across the three nations, asking each city to declare its interest to take part in the bid process by September 5, 2017. After the RFIs are received, the committee will examine each cities proposal and determine a final list of 20-25 venues to include in the official bid that will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018.

It’s anticipated that at least 12 North American locations will serve as Official Host Cities for the 2026 World Cup.

Here is the current list of potential host cities:

United States (34 cities, 37 stadiums):

Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium 75,000
Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium 71,008
Birmingham, AL Legion Field 71,594
Boston, MA (Foxborough) Gillette Stadium 65,892
Charlotte, NC Bank of America Stadium 75,400
Chicago, IL Soldier Field 61,500
Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium 65,515
Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium 68,710
Dallas, TX Cotton Bowl 92,100
Dallas, TX (Arlington) AT&T Stadium 105,000
Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125
Detroit, MI Ford Field 65,000
Green Bay, WI Lambeau Field 81,441
Houston, TX NRG Stadium 71,500
Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Stadium 65,700
Jacksonville, FL EverBank Field 64,000
Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium 76,416
Las Vegas, NV Raiders Stadium 72,000
Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 78,500
Los Angeles, CA (Inglewood) L.A. Stadium at Hollywood Park TBD
Los Angeles, CA (Pasadena) Rose Bowl 87,527
Miami Gardens, FL Hard Rock Stadium 65,767
Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium 63,000
Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium 69,143
New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 72,000
New York/New Jersey (East Rutherford) MetLife Stadium 82,500
Orlando, FL Camping World Stadium 65,000
Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field 69,328
Phoenix, AZ (Glendale) University of Phoenix Stadium 73,000
Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field 68,400
Sal Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium 45,807
San Antonio, TX Alamodome 72,000
San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium 71,500
San Francisco/San Jose, CA (Santa Clara) Levi’s Stadium 72,000
Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field 69,000
Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium 73,309
Washington, DC (Landover) FedEx Field 82,000

Canada (seven cities, nine stadiums):

Calgary, Alberta McMahon Stadium 35,650
Edmonton, Alberta Commonwealth Stadium 56,335
Montreal, Quebec Stade Olympique 61,004
Montreal, Quebec Stade Saputo 20,801
Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium 24,341
Regina Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium 30,048
Toronto, Ontario Rogers Centre 53,506
Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 28,026
Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 55,165

Mexico (three cities, three stadiums):

Guadalajara, Jalisco Estadio Chivas 45,364
Mexico City Estadio Azteca 87,000
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Estadio Rayados 52,237


Charlotte City Officials have not made a final decision as to whether or not they will apply to become a host city.

Gregg Watkins, spokesman for Mayor Jennifer Roberts, released a statement saying, “At this point, all I can say is that city staff is reviewing potential next steps.”

Charlotte becoming a host city for the World Cup would certainly boost our international credibility, but whether or not it would create a positive economic impact in the short term is questionable. According to Economist Robert Brown, the expected economic impact of the 1994 World Cup in US cities was a $4 billion dollar gain, but the result was actually an estimated $5.5-9.3 billion loss for all US host cities combined.

Do you think Charlotte should become a host city for the 2026 World Cup?