With news now official that the United States, Mexico, and Canada have made a formal bid to jointly host the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup, it will be interesting to see where Los Angeles fits into the joint bid plan. With the new World Cup plan that implements a 48 team and 80 game schedule, a joint bid with this kind of infrastructure and large stadiums makes the bid a favorite.
Details of the bid show that the U.S. could host 60 games, while Canada and Mexico would host 10 each. For Los Angeles the second largest city in the U.S. will most certainly have a foothold in the U.S. schedule.
It should be noted with a new NFL stadium being built in Inglewood and the new Banc of California Stadium being built for the MLS based Los Angeles Football Club, Los Angeles has placed itself as a global city capable of hosting international sporting events.
For the World Cup, FIFA expects host cities to be able to have stadiums that can host up to 45,000 fans. Los Angeles alone has two current stadiums that can do that. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena both can accommodate that right now. The Rose Bowl already has the distinction of hosting the finals of both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup.
Though both are older stadiums the Rose Bowl has been recently renovated and modernized and the Coliseum will undergo the same face lift. With the addition of the ultra modern stadium complex in Inglewood, Los Angeles has the ideal stadium capacity to host multiple games for the U.S. portion.
Stadiums alone won’t guarantee Los Angeles will be a part of the World Cup bid. Los Angeles also has the infrastructure to accommodate the soccer population that will descend on the city for games. Along with a freeway system that brings people from the ocean to downtown, the city has pushed public transportation as a way to alleviate traffic concerns.
For the first time in 60 years Angelenos can travel from downtown to the Pacific Ocean without stepping into a car. This plan is being further developed to host global games like the Olympics and the World Cup, making it easier for fans to go from their hotels to stadiums.
Speaking of hotels, if you look at the skyline of Los Angeles you’ll notice cranes popping up everywhere as the city tries to create more and more places to house tourists. With the added capacity, Los Angeles would be in a much better position in 2026 to bring in soccer fans than in 1994.
With multiple stadiums, a push for better public transportation, and increasing housing capacity, Los Angeles is ready to be a host city for the global soccer community. Be prepared Angelenos 2026 will be here fast, so be prepared to live in a soccer city.
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