Predictions of potential host cities and stadiums

FIFA will announce on Thursday evening the cities that will host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Philadelphia is one of 16 US cities vying to win, and they will likely pick FIFA 10 – but there may be more. There are also three candidate cities in Canada and three in Mexico. Here’s a look at each of them and their odds of success.

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place: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (71,000 spectators)

what do you know: The home of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL and Atlanta United in the MLS is semi-enclosed, thanks to its retractable roof and downtown location. Atlanta has also grown into a major football stronghold in recent years. The city could host the FIFA International Broadcasting Center due to its large airport and other infrastructure.

will you win yes.

place: Gillette Stadium (65.878)

what do you know: The Patriots and Revolution building is good, but its location is a huge black mark. Visiting national teams hate the long, traffic-laden ride from downtown Boston to the far suburbs. Fans hate the poor access to public transportation. Sources told The Inquirer that there was not much regional cooperation between Boston officials and Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and Revs who is a close friend of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The rumor is that tender officials already know their fate.

will you win number.

place: Paul Brown Stadium (capacity 65515)

what do you know: A smaller city with a large stadium in the city center seems to be a recipe for success. But the modern venue in Bengals will need more than $10 million in renovations, from installing natural turf over artificial turf to removing benches so the field can be the width of regulation. It also doesn’t help that Cincinnati Airport is so far from the city, and there is very little public transportation.

will you win number.

place: AT&T Stadium (80000)

what do you know: Lock from the day the bid was launched. FIFA loves all those fancy suites and the retractable roof. So how did it take so long to tell Jerry Jones that the field is too narrow? His answer: He raised the surface of the lawn a few feet above the net.

will you win Cowboys wouldn’t blow this up.

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place: Enable Domain at Mile High (76125)

what do you know: The Broncos stadium is great, the location is perfect, and the city would be a great host – except for one big problem. Teams don’t want to play at a mile high.

will you win Mostly not.

place: NRG Stadium (72220)

what do you know: Texas Stadium has a retractable roof, which means that games can be played in the afternoon even when it’s hot. This combined with proximity to Mexico and a large football fan base makes this an easy choice.

will you win Certainly.

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place: Arrowhead Stadium (76416)

what do you know: It’s a great soccer town and one of the only Midwest towns in the race. The big question local organizers face is how to get thousands of visitors from the airport to the city center to the stadium and back, without much public transportation in the area.

will you win Ultimate bubble city. If FIFA chooses more than 10 stadiums, yes – and the odds increase.

the places: SoFi Stadium (70,240) and Rose Bowl (92,542)

what do you know: Los Angeles’ victory is a knockout. But the show faced an embarrassment when it was revealed that the playing space at the lavish Rams and Chargers Stadium in Inglewood was not wide enough for international football. $5 billion in spending and they couldn’t get it right?

That’s why the Rose Bowl is on the table as a potential host for Team USA’s inaugural tournament. It would also be a nostalgic moment for the 1994 and 1999 title games site.

will you win naturally.

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place: Hard Rock Stadium (64767)

what do you know: Miami is the nation’s capital of finance, media and culture in Spanish. Dolphins’ renovations to their stadium in recent years have made it remarkable, and they have hosted many big football matches.

will you win Hello another dunk.

place: Nissan Stadium (69143)

what do you know: This is the place so far. Will it be in 2026? The Titans’ recent move to build a new stadium almost spoiled a show that FIFA officials really liked when they visited. Officials tell FIFA Titans that the new venue will be ready by 2026, but you can’t tell FIFA must be.

will you win Not if FIFA sticks to 10 cities, or even 11.

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place: MetLife Stadium (82,500)

what do you know: Another easy choice, and a prime candidate for the ultimate host.

will you win clearly.

place: Camping World Stadium (60219)

what do you know: The hometown of Disney World was the host of 1994, in part because Miami wasn’t in the running at the time. Now it is, and FIFA will not choose two cities in Florida.

will you win No, they definitely know it.

place: Lincoln Financial Field (69,796)

what do you know: Linc’s pristine lawn, the arrival of public transit on Broad Street, and Comcast’s heavyweight support helped Philly’s show do everything right. Now all the city’s thriving soccer fan base can do is wait.

will you win All signs point to yes.

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place: Levi’s Stadium (68500)

what do you know: Although Santa Clara is a walk from San Francisco, there is enough public transportation to make it work. The stadium is great, and it gets an extra point for its proximity to other West Coast cities.

will you win Very likely.

place: bore field (69000)

what do you know: “The bluest sky I’ve ever seen is in Seattle,” Perry Cuomo once sang, as were some of America’s biggest and most enthusiastic soccer crowds. There are few better cities for sports in this country, and the location of the stadium in the city center is perfect.

will you win Certainly.

place: M&T Bank Stadium (71,006)

what do you know: The two neighboring cities originally had separate bids. FIFA (and everyone else) hates the FedEx Leaders Stadium, and Baltimore couldn’t have won on its own. So they teamed up, allowing games on Inner Harbor and a big festival for fans at the National Mall.

Will they win? Very likely.

place: Commonwealth Stadium (55819)

what do you know: was the word Edmonton is out already. FIFA would have preferred to go to Montreal, but Canada’s top soccer city withdrew due to its unwillingness to spend a huge amount to renovate the Olympic Stadium. So Edmonton, host of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, survived on paper. The Canadian newspaper Sportsnet reported last Thursday that the death was cast.

will you win No, and Kansas City should win because of that.

place: BMO field (30000)

what do you know: The Toronto FC stadium is very small at the moment, but it will be expanded to more than 40,000 for the World Cup. There’s plenty of room for it, and plenty of money from its owner – the same company that runs Maple Leafs and Raptors. The rest will be easy

will you win a lock.

place: PC Place (54500)

what do you know: Vancouver was out of the race for years, because the provincial legislature in British Columbia refused to provide funding. But even when FIFA said the door was closed, everyone knew it really wasn’t. CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani is from there, as is Peter Montoboli, head of Canada’s 2026 organization. They always wanted to get into Vancouver, and a few months ago the right people said yes. The venue for the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final will be an impressive venue in 2026.

will you win Also lock.

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place: Akron Stadium (49850)

what do you know: All three Mexican cities are locked.

will you win yes.

place: Azteca Stadium (87,523)

what do you know: The king of all North American football will become the first stadium to host three men’s World Cup finals.

Would he win: Sí.

place: Estadio BBVA (53,500)

what do you know: Stunning modern venue, only seven years old, with a wonderful backdrop of the nearby mountains.

Will it win: Find out when the American women play there in the CONCACAF World Cup and Olympics qualifiers next month.

After years of watching the race, here are this writer’s picks for cities that will host the games.

in: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Santa Clara, Seattle, Washington/Baltimore in the United States; Toronto and Vancouver in Canada; Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico.

Outside: Boston, Cincinnati, Denver, Edmonton, Nashville, and Orlando.

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