New York City, April 14, 2018 - FIFA's 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force completes its technical tour of the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States by visiting New York and New Jersey-the fourth and final United Bid Candidate Host City that the Task Force will visit and evaluate during their trip.
The Task Force met this morning for its daily briefing, before departing for a tour of Major League Soccer headquarters. The Task Force then visited Red Bull Arena, a football-specific stadium, home to the MLS's Red Bulls, that has hosted FIFA World Cup™ Qualifying matches, International Champions Cup matches, and teams such as AS Roma, Tottenham Hospur, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.
MetLife Stadium -hosting over 50 major events and 2 million guests annually-was the Task Force's next stop on the tour. Home to both the New York Jets and the New York Giants (NFL), the 87,157-seat stadium is one of the largest in the NFL and sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort, and amenities. Since opening in 2010, MetLife Stadium has hosted 23 international football matches, including major tournaments including Copa America Centenario, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and International Champions Cup-all of which drew record-breaking crowds. The Task Force concluded their trip with a brief helicopter tour of New York City.
UNITY, OPPORTUNITY, AND CERTAINTY IN FOCUS
The United Bid is determined to redefine and enhance the state of global football for the next century with minimal risk and maximum opportunity for growth. Today's visit to New York and New Jersey reflects this commitment:
UNITY - New York/New Jersey has three professional football teams, and has hosted many U.S. Men's and Women's National team matches, demonstrating the region's interest in the world's game. With hundreds of thousands of youth players in the region, New York/New Jersey grew the game from a grassroots level tremendously after hosting the FIFA World Cup 1994™, and expects to the do the same after 2026.
OPPORTUNITY -The New York/New Jersey region is a national and international center for media, finance, commerce, culture, and retail. The region is older than the United States, serving as the country's first capital city. As the most visited city in the United States, New York has a virtually infinite number of things to see, and three different professional football teams to support. 60 million travelers stay yearly in "City that Never Sleeps."
CERTAINTY -New York and New Jersey both have long, storied traditions associated with football dating back to the early 19th century, as well as a rich history of hosting major football tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup 1994™ (seven matches including a Semifinal) and the FIFA Women's World Cup 1999™ (Opening Ceremonies and a 1st-round match), both at the former Giants Stadium. In addition to major football events, the metropolitan area also hosts high-profile sporting events including the New York City Marathon, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and was the site of the 2008 MLB All-Star Game and the 2014 Super Bowl.