Could the FIFA World Cup be coming to the casino capital of the world?

  • Las Vegas Stadium is set to host some of the 2026 World Cup games
  • Work started on the $1.9 billion stadium early 2017

The city of Las Vegas is reportedly seeking to become one of several hosts for the World Cup in 2026.

Mexico, Canada and the United States have joined together in a bid to host the 2026 World Cup across all three countries and Las Vegas has been targeted as a city which could play a key role in hosting the sporting event.

44 cities across the nations have been asked to declare their interest in hosting football’s biggest tournament, as was revealed in a statement on Tuesday.

Las Vegas was recently successful in moving NFL team the Raiders from Oakland to their new home in the casino capital of the world and now looks set to become even more involved with sport.

The Las Vegas Stadium, which is currently in construction, will be the Raiders home stadium and is set to host some of the 2026 World Cup games should the USA, Mexico and Canada’s joint bid be successful.

The stadium will cost around $1.9 billion to build, with work starting earlier this year.

Steve Hill, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development said in a statement: “They contacted the governor, the Raiders and myself to assess our initial interest and obviously we are interested.

“We decided to pursue what would be great opportunity for Las Vegas and Nevada.”
Steve Hill, Office of Economic Development

Raiders president Marc Badain also confirmed in a text message to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the team had indeed submitted a bid to be considered as a World Cup host site.

When will a decision be made?

A final decision on who is set to host the 2026 World Cup will be made in June of next year.

Currently, the USA, Canada and Mexico as well as Morocco are the only nations to submit a bid to host the event.

The USA last hosted the tournament in 1994 and several American cities are also set to declare their interest in hosting matches in 2026.

Both FIFA officials and members of the joint bid will decide on host cities but given Las Vegas’s appeal due to its hotels and casino resorts, it will likely play a key role should the joint bid succeed.

The new stadium, which could well host World Cup games, is expected to attract more tourism to the area and could also increase gambling revenue, from casino games such as poker and blackjack, given that more people will visit the area.

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