Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Could Be 2026 World Cup Host

The new Las Vegas Raiders stadium should begin construction soon in Sin City. The new stadium will cost around $2 billion to construct, and it’s already in the running to host one of the world’s biggest sporting events. The Las Vegas Raiders stadium could see itself hosting matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Could be host venue for 2026 FIFA World Cup
The Las Vegas Raiders Stadium could be a host venue for the 2026 FIFA Soccer World Cup, if Las Vegas is chosen as a host city

Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Potential Host Venue

No host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup has been announced yet, but the United Bid Committee (UBC) is trying to win the rights to host the event. The UBC is made up of the soccer governing bodies of the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The 2026 World Cup will be the first expanded competition with 48 teams competing from around the globe.

If the UBC’s bid is successful, the 2026 competition will see matches spread across the three countries. It released an amended list of potential host cities recently, and Las Vegas is still on the list. While the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium will make a great venue for FIFA World Cup matches, it is far from certain if Las Vegas will be selected as a host city.

UBC Firm Favorite to Win World Cup Bid

If the UBC is successful in its 2026 bid, it will need to select at least 12 different cities to host games. In total, there are 32 cities currently on the proposed list of host cities, so Las Vegas has plenty of competition. 24 of these cities are in the USA, four in Canada, and three in Mexico. Other potential American cities include Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Orlando, and Washington DC.

It’s also not 100% certain if the UBC will even be successful in their bid for the 2026 World Cup. FIFA is yet to make its decision on where the competition will be held. Currently, UBC is the firm favorite to hold the world cup, with the only other serious contended being Morocco. However, most believe the USA-Canada-Mexico bid will win. Sportsbooks are so certain of this that they’re not even offering odds on the result.