The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City is at the heart of the North American bid. (Photo: AFP/PEDRO PARDO) FIFA had already decided to expand the 2026 tournament to 48 teams and by backing the joint bid it has also committed to holding the first tournament hosted by three countries. Here is an overview of the bid: STADIUM FACILITIES Arguably the greatest strength of the North American bid is the vast array of already-built stadiums available to organisers, ranging from iconic World Cup venues such as Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium to state-of-the-art large-capacity arenas. A total of 23 venues – three in Mexico, three in Canada, 17 in the United States – have made the final shortlist that will be considered for the tournament. The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest being the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team. The stadium, which has a retractable roof, has a capacity of 92,467. The smallest is the 45,000-capacity BMO Field in Toronto, the football-specific home of MLS Cup champions Toronto FC. US venues include the Pasadena Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, the venue for the 1994 World Cup… Read full this story
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