August 9, 2022

M&T Bank Stadium: Capacity: 71,008; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages : Twinned with Washington.

Less : On its own, M&T is not a strong candidate.

FedEx field: Capacity: 82,000; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Round of 16 (RFK Stadium).

Advantages: Will be content to be a site for Fan Fests, staging of events.

The lessers: Infrastructure problems.

▪ Dallas/Arlington

AT&T Stadium: Capacity: 100,000; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Quarter-final (Cotton Bowl).

Advantages: All high-tech and high-volume; luxury suites.

The lessers: Dimensions of the field.

▪ Los Angeles/Pasadena

Rose bowl: Capacity: 94,194; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Championship, third place, semi-final.

Advantages: History, capacity.

The lessers: Aging facility; oldest proposed site (1922 construction); distance from the city.

▪ Los Angeles/Inglewood

SoFi Stadium: Capacity: 70,240; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: Yes; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Advanced amenities/technology; close to LAX.

The lessers: The field must be replaced and raised to meet the requirements.

▪ Miami

Hard Rock Stadium: Capacity: 65,326; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Gateway to Latin America; popular playing surface.

The lessers: Summer heat.

▪ New York/East Rutherford, NJ

MetLife Stadium: Capacity: 82,500; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Semi-final (Giants Stadium).

Advantages: New York, New York.

The lessers: It’s not really New York

▪ Philadelphia

Lincoln Financial Field: Capacity: 67,594; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Playing surface; parking/assembly areas; Celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026.

The lessers: Most stadiums built for the NFL need modifications.

▪ San Francisco/Santa Clara

Levi’s Stadium: Capacity: 68,500; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: quarter-final (Stanford stadium).

Advantages: Hosted the 2016 Copa Centenario, the 2017 Gold Cup final.

The lessers: Nothing major.

Better than 50-50 chances

▪ Atlanta

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Capacity: 71,000; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: Retractable; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Air conditioning linked to the roof; urban situation.

The lessers: Questions regarding the installation of a grass pitch.

▪ Boston/Foxborough

Gillette Stadium: Capacity: 82,500; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Quarter-final (Foxboro Stadium).

Advantages:Robert Kraft.

The lessers: Significant field changes needed.

▪ Denver

Empower Field at Mile High: Capacity: 76,125; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Best bet for Midwest/Rockies.

The lessers: Not near anything.

▪ Houston

NRG Stage: Capacity: 72,220; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: Retractable; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Air conditioning via the roof; paired with Dallas.

The lessers: The turf needs to be replaced.

▪ Kansas City

Arrowhead Stadium: Capacity: 76,416; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Ground condition.

The lessers: Land dimensions, ventilation problems.

foreigners

▪ Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium: Capacity: 65,535; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Midwestern location.

The lessers: The Cincinnati Bengals’ lease expires in 2026.

▪ Nashville

Nissan Stadium: Capacity: 69,143; Field: Grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Can be twinned with Cincinnati.

The lessers: Upgrades needed, but investment could be diverted to new Tennessee Titans stadium.

▪ Orlando

Camping World Stadium: Capacity: 65,000; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: Round of 16 (Citrus Bowl).

Advantages: Disney backer closed the deal in 1994.

The lessers: Ranks behind Atlanta and Miami in the South.

▪ Seattle

Light field: Capacity: 68,740; Pitch: Artificial grass; Roof: No; 1994 World Cup: no match.

Advantages: Near Vancouver; gateway to Asia.

The lessers: Need to prove that the turf installation is up to standard.