Published : Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 8:21 PM
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 on creating a bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup men’s soccer tournament, with the Rose Bowl, the LA Memorial Coliseum and the under-construction Rams-Chargers football stadium in Inglewood as potential locations for the games.
The motion directs Los Angeles’ chief legislative analyst to review, report and ultimately submit a bid to FIFA host the 2026 games.
LA was selected to be among 32 potential host cities last year by the United Bid Committee for North America. If the North American bid is successful, the United States will stage 60 matches, and Mexico and Canada will host ten apiece.
LA city officials believe the soccer tournament would be a boon to the local economy with construction jobs and the tourism the international event would bring. “Los Angeles is ripe for this opportunity with the infrastructure already in place or in the works to accommodate millions of visitors,” Councilman Joe Buscaino said.
The Rose Bowl is familiar to World Cup officials—it was a venue for the event in 1994 and again in 1999 with the women’s World Cup.
If FIFA selects the U.S., at least 12 cities will be selected as game locations.