Though your mind is probably focused on this year’s World Cup, which officially starts tomorrow, there is reason for Miami to start thinking about the 2026 World Cup. Because today FIFA announced which country (or, in this case, countries) won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup and though it’s not a done deal yet, it’s likely Miami could see some matches.
Canada, Mexico and the United States won the joint bid—the first “United Bid” in the Cup’s history. Now, the three countries will decide which of the 23 cities in the running will get to host World Cup matches. That list includes cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville and—yup—Miami.
“…Hard Rock Stadium—built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out international matches—is expected to be selected,” writes the Herald. It sure wouldn’t be a shock. Hard Rock Stadium has already proven it can sell out seats for a soccer match, as it did at last year’s El Clásico (though getting people to and from those seats proved to be a tougher mission). And with Miami poised to get its own MLS franchise soon, the city should (hopefully) have some soccer blood running through its veins by 2026.
Miami is also poised to host the Super Bowl in 2020, by the way. So, if nothing else, the 2020s will be full of some truly apocalyptic traffic jams. But by then maybe we’ll have hover cars? Or maybe we’ll have finally taught the manatees to give us rides on their round backs? Meh, let’s worry about that in two years. (But send us an email if you do figure out that whole manatee thing before then).
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