Minneapolis to Make Play for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2026 World Cup

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Soccer's FIFA World Cup takes place every four years and is the biggest sporting competition in the world - almost 3.5-million spectators travelled to Brazil to attend the 2014 event.

Yet officials have realized a number of renovations to the Superdome in recent years, and this spring they approved funding to explore even more refurbishments, such as wider concourses, better parking garages, and allowing more natural light to enter the 72,000-seat stadium. Aside from the logistical challenges, a big list of stadiums does not increase revenue but does raise costs.

"U.S. Bank Stadium is a world-class facility and we are excited to be among the venues chosen to bid on the World Cup in 2026", Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michael Vekich said in a statement.

The United Bid Committee will narrow the list before submitting its formal bid to Federation Internationale de Football Association in March.

But according to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Heinz Field is still making the first-round cut.

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The United States, which previously served as host nation in 1994, next continues the process of identifying its potential host cities. If North America is awarded the World Cup next June, the committee would then work to finalize approximately 16 host cities across the three countries.

After hearing back from the cities, the committee will narrow the shortlist of cities by the end of September. The announcement was made by the United Bid Committee on the U.S. Soccer federation website.

If the North American bid is successful, 10 of the 80 matches would be held in Canada.

Other Texas stadiums are the Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium and the Alamodome.

United's future home, 20,000-capacity Audi Field, is too small for World Cup matches. Other regional candidates include Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans and Tampa.

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