Philadelphia Launches Bid to Host 2026 World Cup Games

The summer of 2026 should be a good one.

Yeah, it’s a long way away, but we’re talking about America’s 250th birthday. We’ve got the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in town and the PGA Championship is coming back to Aronimink. We might get a World Cup game, too.

Today Philly launched its official bid to be a host city for 2026, the World Cup tournament that will be played in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. There are 23 cities interested in hosting right now, which will be ultimately narrowed down to 16 total, including 10 in the USA, three in Canada, and three in Mexico.

Here’s our competition, with my notes in parentheses explaining why Philly is a better choice:

  • Atlanta (basically just a big suburb)
  • Baltimore (small beans town, not big enough)
  • Boston (disgusting sports fans, disgusting sports teams, losers everywhere)
  • Cincinnati (whatever city)
  • Dallas (home of the Cowboys)
  • Denver (great city, bad altitude for 90 minutes of running)
  • Houston (too hot)
  • Kansas City (too boring)
  • Los Angeles (horrible traffic)
  • Miami (people more concerned about night life)
  • Nashville (people more concerned about country music)
  • New York/New Jersey (armpit of America, home of Giants and Jets)
  • Orlando (can’t be taken seriously as a sports town)
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco Bay Area (too expensive)
  • Seattle (too many hippies)
  • Washington, D.C. (too many politicians)

Clearly, Philadelphia is an easy choice to host a 2026 World Cup game. If we lose out to some shit town like Cincy or Baltimore, we riot.

Some details of the bid, via the official campaign website, after the jump:

  1. the game(s) would be played at Lincoln Financial Field
  2. organizers describe Philly as a “walkable city with excellent public transit”
  3. they list successful past events that were hosted here, including the Eagles Super Bowl Parade, Copa America Centenario, Democratic National Convention, and CONCACAF Gold Cup
  4. Philly remains the country’s 4th-biggest media market
  5. we’re home to Comcast and Telemundo

Sounds good to me. Let’s fucking go.

 

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9 Comments

  • kudos June 24, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    1. Enjoyed the break down of each city
    2. can’t imagine the traffic nightmare of our wonderfully designed 2 lane traffic
    3. ignore number 2 since no one watches soccer let alone attends the games

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  • Please stop S-posting June 24, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    No one wants to read posts about Soccer.

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    • Phill E Youyin June 24, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Unless you are a fan of Tannenwald’s long winded pieces

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      • Kink-shaming in 2019 June 24, 2019 at 3:58 pm

        Is that a subscriber-only content, like Joe Diprospero articles? And who are these Jim Adairs and Sean Braces I keep hearing about??

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  • Jackie Treehorn June 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Jonathan Tannenwald will be doing a 10,000,000 word essay on twitter and Philly.com about this

    Should be done spring 2023

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  • So Taguchi - Phillies Legend June 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    “◦Seattle (too many hippies)”…and the owner/governor post? Watch out Kev, pretty soon you will be cast as a deplorable like the rest of us heathens holding back alleged societal advancement.

    In related news, Soccer is not a real sport.

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    • Kevin Kinkead June 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      or even worse, I’ll be cast as a political moderate

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  • 74 percent June 24, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Actually i like this. Hopefully a semifinal game at least.
    This is an event and not some thing that they call a friendly that doesn’t mean anything.
    Maybe Chester will put in a bid

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  • Never happen June 24, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Center City is a dump

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