The World Cup, a quadrennial celebration that bares great meaning to roughly 99% of humanity, usually registers with a few sighs here in the United States. But that’s at least primed to change a bit, considering a triple bid lobbied by the United States, Canada, and Mexico carried enough votes to bring the tournament back to the North America in 2026.
With the tournament destined for the US for the first time since 1994, the seedlings of soccer euphoria should be blooming across the nation. But what American cities are primed to play host to the world’s premier cup in 2026, when graceful flourishes on the ball suddenly share significant airtime with NASCAR and bass fishing events?
Here are some of the notable American cities and stadiums hoping to host World Cup matches in eight years time.