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The World Cup is coming to North America, and Denver wants to be a part of it

W Cup 2026 Sites Denver Soccer
David Zalubowski
Victor Montagliani, right, a Canadian businessman from West Vancouver and president of CONCACAF and member of the FIFA council, and Colin Smith, left, chief competitions and events officer for FIFA, listen during a news conference on the World Cup 2026 bid being offered by Denver during a tour of Empower Field at Mile High, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Denver. Eighteen stadiums in 17 areas are bidding for the event, which will be the first with 48 nations and the first with three co-hosts, the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup is set to take place in 16 cities across North America. While Canada and Mexico will each host games in three cities, the United States will be hosting games in 10. And Denver is one of 17 U.S. cities vying for one of those spots.

While some U.S. cities on the short list like Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta boast newer, billion-dollar soccer stadiums, Denver can claim a central location, good weather, efficient transportation systems and a burgeoning interest in the sport of soccer across the state.

For more on Denver’s bid, Colorado Edition spoke to Matthew Payne, executive director of the Denver Sports Commission. He told us why Denver is an ideal location to host a global event, and the legacy he hopes to see as a result.

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