Local officials and football fans are excited for the opportunities the 2026 FIFA World Cup will bring for Miami's economy
There was a lot of suspense in South Florida on Thursday as soccer fans, and local officials waited to hear if Miami would be chosen to host the 2026 Men's World Cup. At 5 pm, they jumped for joy as FIFA revealed Miami to be among the 16 cities hosting the event.
16 Cities chosen to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup and 11 are in the U.S.
There will be a record-breaking 80 games contested at the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Having previously hosted in 1994, this will be America's second time in the spotlight as World Cup hosts.
The announcement on Thursday comes just a few weeks after Miami stole the show at the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix, which was held at Hard Rock Stadium. When it comes to large-scale events, Hard Rock Stadium is no rookie. The Hard Rock Stadium's grass field has hosted the Super Bowl, college football's national championship game, and other major international soccer tournaments.
According to 2018 research by U.S. Soccer, the economic impact on host cities will be anywhere from $160 to $620 million. Local officials are excited about the jobs this will create and the tourists it will attract to Miami. This news comes as a beacon of hope for budding young football players in South Florida. It will open the door for them to try out sports like soccer, and who knows, maybe one day they'll make it to the FIFA World Cup.
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