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FIFA delegation set to visit Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium for 2026 World Cup venue visits

The first step in a hopefully long process for Atlanta

Honduras v Mexico Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Atlanta’s quest to qualify as a host city for the 2026 World Cup is nearly here. A FIFA delegation is set to visit nine US candidate cities. Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia and Miami are the nine U.S. cities under consideration between September 15 and September 23.

Other U.S. cities will be visited before the end of November.

FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf President Victor Montagliani will lead the delegation, while FIFA experts in the fields of venue management, stadium and city infrastructure, team facilities, commercial, and bidding and legal will accompany the delegation, according to a U.S. Soccer Communications press release.

The powers that be are aiming to finalize the selection process by Q1/Q2 2022.

Hosting a World Cup match is obviously a huge honor, and the economic windfall would be considerable. Also, just imagine the scenes when Miles Robinson comes back to the Benz for a World Cup match. What are your thoughts on Atlanta’s chances to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup? Let us know down below.