Tag: FIFA World Cup

M&T Bank Stadium, ‘walkability,’ local soccer fandom should all boost Baltimore’s World Cup odds, official says

El Salvador fans pack the stands of M&T Bank Stadium. Image courtesy of Baltimore Ravens/Twitter.

It’s a great day for local fútbol fans. The United States, Canada and Mexico have been tapped as host countries for the 2026 World Cup, and Baltimore is on the short list of locales that could serve as host sites for the massive quadrennial soccer tournament.

Now that short list must be trimmed within the next couple years from 23 to 15 or 16 cities that get to play host to some world-class international soccer. If it’s any sign for now, Baltimore scored well compared to others, tying for third with a score of 4.2 out of 5, behind only Denver, Houston, Miami and San Francisco, per FIFA’s official Bid Evaluation Report.