Los Angeles Bid for 2026 World Cup in Doubt

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The global soccer event FIFA World Cup might not make a stop in Los Angeles after all. The Los Angeles City Council appears to be contradicting itself on its opinions about the city's opportunity to host the event.

A spokeswoman for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson explained that he questions whether or not the World Cup makes financial sense for the city. Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Garcetti has stated that the FIFA contract is merely under review. He plans to ask FIFA's United Bid Committee to extend its bid process so Los Angeles officials can understand the full scope of costs involved. Sharon Tso, the Chief Legislative Analyst for the city, expressed concerns about the contract. Tso called it "onerous" due to FIFA's extra logistical requirements, specifically around Pasadena's Rose Bowl. However, FIFA rejected the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Board's suggested amendments to the contract.

Los Angeles is not the only city up for consideration. A total of 25 cities have submitted bids to host the World Cup. FIFA will announce the winner in June. In a record first, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico soccer federations have submitted a joint bid. The United Bid would mean that cities across the U.S. will host 60 of the total 80 games. The only outlier is Morocco, who has also submitted a bid.

The U.S. soccer federation conducted a study about the financial benefits of hosting a match. This could reach a total of anywhere between $90 to $480 million. Joe Buscaino, a city councilman, acknowledged these benefits and what a great opportunity it would be.

If Los Angeles' bid is accepted, it would become a "hub" city for multiple games and cultural events surrounding the Cup. A city report revealed that Inglewood and Pasadena could also be included in the festivities because of the facilities there.