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.
“We can’t wait to show FIFA and the United Bid committee that L.A. is the perfect place to bring the world’s soccer fans together.” - @MayorOfLA | Could L.A. host the #2026WorldCup? Read on to learn more: https://t.co/c7gEncsMV0 ⚽— Discover Los Angeles (@discoverLA) June 13, 2018
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.
#BREAKING 2026 FIFA World Cup is coming to North America... Los Angeles area games to be played at either Inglewood or the Rose Bowl in Pasadena! WATCH @ABC7 for details. #United2026 https://t.co/8JJdtYqom4— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) June 13, 2018
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.
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