The World Cup is coming to North America, with the majority of its games played in the United States – and possibly some taking place in Nashville.
This morning, the joint bid between the Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. defeated a competing bid from Morocco to land the World Cup in eight years’ time. After the Americans failed to overcome hilariously obvious corruption in bidding for the 2022 World Cup in a 2010 vote (Qatar won, and, uh, literally every single stadium has been built by slave labor with hundreds of workers dying in conditions that are considered human rights violations – as is tradition for all the most legitimately-won World Cups), adding its two Concacaf companions for the next attempt was… barely enough to overcome another obvious human rights atrocity waiting to happen. Barely.
The voting process was changed in the wake of the 2010 process (and the ensuing criminal charges leveled against many on the FIFA executive committee), with all eligible nations voting, rather than a smaller group consisting exclusively of the easily-bribed Executive Committee. On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, the United Bid won by a count of 134-65 over Morocco. If you’re interested in a little bit of hilarious gallows humor… the USMNT won’t be able to fail to qualify! (Host nations are granted automatic entry).
Nashville’s Nissan Stadium was included in the bid proposal as a competition venue for 2026, and Nashville SC’s MLS team (which will be in its seventh year at the time), with the training and competition facilities that will be built along the way, was one of the selling points. While there’s no guarantee, the world’s biggest sporting event will most likely be coming to Music City.
See you in eight years, world.