The support that worldwide soccer matches have enjoyed at Reliant Stadium could help Houston in its bid to be a World Cup host city should U.S. Soccer land the event again. The U.S. will host 60 games, while Mexico and Canada will split the remaining 20. But every now and then at Reliant and other venues, fans find themselves surrounded by empty seats, something promoters are determined to address.
Forty-one cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada have officially thrown their names into the mix for the rights to host 2026 World Cup matches, should the North American bid be selected to host the tournament.
Per a press release, "The United Bid Committee will review all bid submissions and release an initial shortlist of cities later this Fall".
The UBC in July sought information from 44 cities.
The list includes logical entries like Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver. That leaves 32 cities in the US, six cities in Canada and three cities in Mexico that will be considered.
The UBC is competing with Morocco to host the 2026 World Cup.
Only 25 cities will be included on the final bid, and, at the discretion of Federation Internationale de Football Association, only 12 cities in North America will end up hosting games if the bid is accepted. Both candidates must now submit their proposals for consideration by FIFA, with a decision to be made at the FIFA Congress next June.