By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
The home of the New England Patriots and Revolution, Gillette Stadium, is a likely candidate to host part of the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters accepted North America’s bid for the tournament.
Wednesday morning it was announced that North American’s bid had overwhelmingly won over voters, who elected to go with their bid rather than a more-risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.
The Razor is one of 23 venues involved in a joint bid with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. And up to 16 of those venues would play host during the tournament, according to the committee.
And it just so happens that the principal owner of the Patriots and Revolution, Robert Kraft, is the honorary chairman of the committee behind the joint bid.
So read into that however you’d like.
“I don’t see why Boston wouldn’t be one of the key cities to host games,” said Brian Bilello, who is the chair of the Boston portion of the 2026 bid and the president of the New England Revolution, according to WCVB.
Biello said ‘he is confident that the Boston area can successfully host part of the international tournament. He indicated that Gillette is likely competing for the right to host about six games.’
“There is nothing that needs to be built to bring the World Cup to Boston,” said Bilello.
It’s probably fair to assume after hearing Bilello’s comments, that the Boston area holds a huge advantage for the bid over other U.S. cities.
With plenty of hotels, travel and dining options and things to do in the area to accommodate such an influx of people, there is little to no work to be on local infrastructure.
The world’s largest soccer stage will be returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.
According to WCVB, the U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The U.S. is set to host all games from the quarterfinals onward.
The home of the New York Giants and Jets, MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is just 12 miles from New York City, is the proposed site for the 2026 final.
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