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So, the World Cup is coming and here’s what it means for Los Angeles

Get ready for 2026 Los Angeles!!

Borussia Dortmund v Los Angeles FC
Could Banc of California Stadium host World Cup matches in 2026?
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First, in the interest of full disclosure, I am not an Angelino.

There, I said it. It’s out there and there’s no taking it back.

But, when it comes to cities to love, Los Angeles is among the top for me. Right there with Milan, Italy, Miami and Dublin, Ireland.

It’s what drew me to want to write for this site and it’s what sparked my love for this team.

But, when it was announced that the #United2026 bid had won the right to host the 2026 World Cup, I immediately wrote to Alicia and suggested writing about what it meant for the city of Los Angeles.

Never mind the initial issues with the Los Angeles City Council finally deciding at the 11th hour to join the bid. Now, Los Angeles is one step closer to getting the World Cup.

When it comes to soccer, Los Angeles has a love and a passion.

Recently, a study by WalletHub found that Los Angeles and Orlando were among the top cities for soccer fans in the United States. If you’ve been to a Los Angeles Football Club match, you know exactly what they mean.

Take a trip back with me now to 1994 and the first World Cup to come to the United States. The Rose Bowl was among the nine venues to host games, while Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was actually cut from the initial bid.

The Rose Bowl was the site of the United States’ 2-1 win over Columbia in the second group stage match as well as the thrilling championship.

But, now, it potentially could be Los Angeles who will play host to the World Cup once again.

Los Angeles, Inglewood and Pasadena are all part of the bid to host, but what does that mean? Well, to be honest, we don’t really know yet.

Does it mean Banc of California Stadium will host games? No, the stadium is too small, although it could be a site for training camps or for other auxiliary business related to the tournament.

The 2018 Concacaf Gold Cup will be a nice proving ground for the stadium as matches are slated to be held there for that tournament. It would make for a nice international coming out party for LAFC’s home and the home for football in Los Angeles.

But still, Even if The Banc can’t host games, the other venues up for consideration, real or still in the works, mean you’ll probably have the World Cup in your backyard, and that’s going to be really special.

It’s exciting news for the United States, Canada and Mexico and it is great news for Angelinos as the World Cup is closer to returning to Southern California for the first time in more than three decades.

As for me, I’m just plain excited.

What do you think? Post your comment below!