New Orleans cut from World Cup 2026 bid as potential host

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World Cup fever will not be coming to the Crescent City any time soon.

New Orleans is among three cities cut dropped as potential host cities for the 2026 World Cup. Cleveland and Pittsburgh are the other sites eliminated by the North American bid committee.

Indianapolis, San Antonio, Birmingham and Jacksonville, Florida along with Canadian cities Ottawa and Regina in Saskatchawan also were eliminated earlier this week.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome would have been the location for World Cup games in New Orleans if the city had remained part of the plans to host the biggest soccer tournament in the world.

The 32 remaining locations under consideration are:


Atlanta; Baltimore; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati; Chicago; Dallas and Arlington, Texas; Denver; Detroit; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Glendale, Arizona; Houston; Kansas City, Missouri; Landover, Maryland; Las Vegas; Los Angeles and Inglewood and Pasadena, California; Miami; Minneapolis; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Tampa, Florida


Edmonton, Alberta; Montreal; Toronto; Vancouver, British Columbia


Guadalajara; Mexico City; Monterrey

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