Nashville leaders react to news of North America’s 2026 World Cup


North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters chose the three-country bid from co-hosts United States, Canada and Mexico.

Nashville was included in the 23 cities involved in the bid, meaning a World Cup game could be played in Music City.

“This announcement is huge for soccer in the U.S. and maybe even bigger for soccer in Nashville,” said Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President and CEO Butch Spyridon. 

“We are honored to be a part of the U.S. bid package, and we believe Nashville has a legitimate shot at hosting a World Cup event. In addition, it bolsters our future efforts to secure many other soccer events on an ongoing basis.”

Nashville has recently hosted World Cup Qualifying matches and CONCACAF Gold Cup matches.

“There’s no bigger sporting event than the World Cup, and Nashville will be ready to host the best soccer players and fans on the planet eight years from now,” Mayor David Briley said.

“We’re looking forward to putting this soccer city on the world’s greatest sporting stage. I’m grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point.”

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation will hold a press conference at 9:30 Wednesday morning to discuss the 2026 World Cup.

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