- SoFi Stadium was thought to be a contender to host the 2026 World Cup final
- But it reportedly is now at high risk of not hosting a single game of the event
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SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles is very close to losing out on, not just hosting the World Cup final, but being a venue for the tournament at all, according to a report.
With just over two and a half years to go until the greatest soccer event hits North America, the location for the final showdown still hasn’t been decided.
MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and Giants, the Dallas Cowboys‘ AT&T, and SoFi Stadium, where both the LA Rams and Chargers play, were originally thought to be the final three contenders for the honor of hosting the 2026 World Cup final.
However, it appears LA could now be out of the running, according to ESPN Deportes’ John Sutcliffe.
Not only is it no longer in contention for the final but it reportedly is also at high risk of not hosting a single game at the tournament.
SoFi Stadium is reportedly very close to no longer being a 2026 World Cup venue
Owner Stan Kroenke reportedly is not willing to make chances to meet FIFA regulations
‘A lot has been said about SoFi Stadium possible being the venue for the 2026 World Cup final,’ Sutcliffe said ahead of the Cowboys’ game against the Chargers at SoFi Monday night.
‘The final is being fought out between MetLife in New York and AT&T in Dallas, and I understand that Dallas is winning, it would be the headquarters of the World Cup.
‘A source told me that they are 90 percent sure that SoFi Stadium, the most expensive stadium in the world, has a design problem.’
Sutcliffe claimed that FIFA’s issue with the stadium is that its field is not wide enough to accommodate a soccer pitch for an official tournament game.
He suggested that private boxes or sections of the stands would have to be removed to widen the space around the field to accommodate a soccer pitch, which would be a costly renovation that owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns Premier League team Arsenal and the Denver Nuggets, has reportedly opted against making.
‘It had design problems, no one told Mr. Kroenke that they didn’t plan for a soccer field and that it has to get rid of these boxes. The information that I have is that SoFi Stadium is no longer going to be a World Cup venue because the stadium’s owner [Kroenke] said, “for what it is going to cost me, best skip it”.’
Sutcliffe later confirmed that SoFi Stadium will no longer be a World Cup Stadium at all, stressing ‘not a single game’, while appearing on ESPN Deportes’ ‘Ahora o Nunca’.
‘The information I have is that SoFi Stadium is very close to not being a World Cup venue,’ he said. ‘Not just losing out on the World Cup final but being a World Cup venue at all.’
MetLife Stadium in New York (pictured) and AT&T Stadium will battle it out for the final
The Dallas Cowboys’ home, AT&T Stadium, is thought to be currently leading the race
SoFi Stadium was finished in 2020, costing an incredible $5billion to build, making it the most expensive stadium in the United States and the world.
And Sutcliffe added that it was incredible that Kroenke didn’t plan for the most expensive stadium in the world to accommodate a soccer field.
He also revealed that the opening game of the 2026 tournament, which is being co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico, will take place at the famous Estadio Azteca at 3pm local time.
The other cities across the USA that are set to act as World Cup venues include Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Kansas City, according to Sutcliffe, who added that FIFA plans to take full control of the stadiums, including the boxes and suites.