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World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

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World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Postby DPatel304 » 13 Jun 2018 10:00

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid beat Morocco's proposal to host it.

The 'United 2026' bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44464913

This is awesome news in general and, in addition, while nothing has been confirmed, it's almost guaranteed that Dallas will absolutely host one of these games.

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Re: World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Postby exelone31 » 13 Jun 2018 10:14

So happy the joint big won out over Morocco. I was very scared we'd get "Qatar'ed" all over again.

I believe Dallas was also in play for several of the ancillary hosting jobs as well (media center, etc), so that's great news overall.

Plus, guaranteed participation by the US Men's National Team!


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Re: World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Postby exelone31 » 24 Jul 2020 09:05

I really hope that Dallas is chosen as one of the premier host cities, even for the World Cup Final. Nobody will confuse the DFW area for a "Soccer Town", but there are tons of great things going for it:
- National Soccer Hall of Fame
- Tons of training facilities (Frisco, Moneygram, etc)
- JerryWorld
- The Cotton Bowl (I doubt they would host a game there, but my wishful thinking is that by 2026, the future vision of Fair Park will have been implemented and turned it into a popular year-round destination)
- Central location for travel throughout the country
- "World Class" Bridges? hahah jk

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Re: World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Postby tamtagon » 07 Mar 2021 07:01

https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/ml ... 31928.html

Dallas took another step in its bid to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup with an official second meeting on Friday with FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.... AT&T Stadium in Arlington is the focus of the Dallas bid that is inclusive of the entire North Texas Region, but headlined by FC Dallas, AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Sports Commission.

...17 American metro areas, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, the New York/New Jersey area, Orlando, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., in addition to Dallas.

According to FIFA, 16 cities will make the final cut — three will be awarded to Canada, three will be given to Mexico, and the remaining 10 will go to the United States.... The selections are expected to be made this December


With three stadiums in Arlington, and finally adjacent, cohesive developments of entertainment venues and overnight accommodation torqued to event crowds, I would imagine most of the direct, official World Cup media events would happen in Arlington.

But maybe not.... I don't know if FIFA has anything like the NFL experience during the superbowl, but the Dallas Convention Center was the only place in North Texas big enough to handle all that NFL programming. If FIFA wants an 'experience,' Dallas Convention Center and Fair Park are probably the only two viable options.

As long as VisitDallas ignores the potential of the Fair Park facilities, it will fall well short of it's lofty mission statement:

Our mission is to market Dallas as the ideal convention and visitor destination to the regional, national and international marketplace and to favorably impact the Dallas economy through meetings and tourism.

The exhibition halls at Fair Park must be brought into this century! Focusing on those largest scale events that require and fill up a space as large as the convention center is an incomplete effort. The Automobile building and Centennial Hall simply must be renovated and upgraded into the most versatile exhibition spaces in North Texas. The interior space of both building should be at lease doubled... With the Hall of State, the esplanade should be 'marketed' as a single event space indoor and outdoor. Whatever....

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Re: World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 21 Sep 2021 12:33

I'll let FairPark First decide what is a viable use for those buildings. The last thing we need is two convention centers always on the precipice of going into the red and needing the city to bail them out. The state fair uses them for selling do-dads and what-nots not exactly worlds fair material and I do not see a new direction of the State Fair steering them away from what has always worked, mattresses, bamboo sheets, wood carvings, spices etc.

Plus the esplanade buildings are historical there are extreme limits to what modifications can be made and honestly I am fine with that. We have already had theoretical policy discussions where the city could see itself tearing out the convention center as trade conventions are not a thriving market even before the pandemic. Add some new HVAC systems renovate other important systems like restrooms and concessions and let the company charged with Fair Park find the niche it can operate under without scaling up into a market already disappearing. Even music festivals might not last forever as a thriving market.
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