The FIFA Congress announced on Wednesday morning that the joint bid of USA, Mexico, and Canada was selected as the host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and Nashville could be one of the cities selected to host games.
23 cities across the United States, Mexico, and Canada will be in consideration, and the final number will be 16 host cities. Nashville mayor David Briley voiced his confidence that Music City will be ready to take on the world’s most watched sporting event.
Nashville will be ready to put this soccer city on the world's greatest sporting stage in 8 years. Thanks to @visitmusiccity and everyone else who has worked to get us to this point. https://t.co/qID0e5rKWO
— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) June 13, 2018
Nashville’s bid as a host city was with Nissan Stadium, and with the field expanding to 48 teams in 2026, it is expected that the city would host five or six games.
Although the U.S. Men’s National Team will not be going to Russia for the 2018 version of the tournament that kicks off on Thursday, June 14th, the World Cup will certainly be coming to U.S. soil in 2026, and Nashville hopes to be involved.