OFFSIDE NOTES: New York/New Jersey has competition
By Michael Lewis
NEW YORK – OK, I admit I’m biased.
Would love to see the 2026 World Cup Final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
I have always attended soccer games in the metropolitan area.
Yes, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is huge and can hold 100,000 spectators, and Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, I am told, is magnificent.
Having had the opportunity to ask the last question of the press conference on the FIFA World Cup site on Thursday evening, I posed this question to President Gianni Infantino this question:
“Here we are in New York, the most culturally diverse city in the country, perhaps in the world. Why wouldn’t FIFA want the World Cup final to be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey? »
“New York is definitely a candidate, as are the other 15 cities.”
But all joking aside, Infantino added: “It’s really a luxury issue to some degree that we have and that’s probably unique to this part of the world. We have certain cities in North America that are not just Washington, because the capital is not one of those cities. There are cities here that are not just major cities in America, but are world capitals.
“All these cities have their pros and cons. And if you played a final in New York, New Jersey, that would be a fantastic time. If it’s in LA, it’ll be a fantastic time. If it’s Miami, it’ll be a fantastic time. It will be a grand finale in Dallas and Atlanta. I should mention the 16.
“So we’re going to consider that very, very carefully. Like Victor [Montagliani, Concacaf president] said before, there are many criteria that we must take into account; time is a probably too. The capacity of the stadium, the capacity of the city as such, cooperation.
“This is the start of the great excitement.”
And you’re welcome, New York and New Jersey radio and TV stations for giving you a soundtrack.
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