Jacksonville solicited for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Jacksonville solicited for 2026 FIFA World Cup

The request essentially asks cities to declare if they want to be part of the hosting bid.

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. The Committee will then put together a shortlist by later that month, before meeting with the interested cities and receiving their final bids in January 2018.

The U.S. has 34 cities and 39 stadiums on the list of potential candidates, the rest are split between Mexico and Canada.

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The bid is part of a three-nation combined effort of the United States, Canada and Mexico, which will be bidding against Morocco to make North America the host for the planet's biggest sporting event this side of the Olympics.

Cities that want to be considered for the bid must express formal interest to the committee by September 5.

The First Coast is officially on the radar for World Cup soccer.

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Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, and Toronto are also in the running to host games. At least 12 locations could ultimately host games.

While dozens of North American facilities easily meet tournament seating requirements - 40,000 through the quarterfinals, 60,000 for the semifinals, 80,000 for the opener and final - Federation Internationale de Football Association and the local organizing committee would not want a large number of venues hosting one or two matches.

Lenarduzzi was managing the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League when the USA was awarded the 1994 tournament in 1988. "We have experience hosting large events and the Super Bowl in 2018 and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2019 will demonstrate that we are successful at hosting some of the most popular sporting events".

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