Menendez, Booker Support MetLife Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Menendez, Booker Support MetLife Bid to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Senators join bipartisan in support of US-Canada-Mexico joint bid to host World Cup matches

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today joined a bipartisan letter signed by 44 Senators to President Trump expressing support for United 2026 – a bid by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.  MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., has been selected as one of 32 potential host sites for the 2026 World Cup.  Giants Stadium hosted five World Cup games in 1994.

“We believe this effort presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our nations’ shared passion for soccer and its positive impact in local communities and on the international stage,” the senators wrote. “Dozens of U.S. cities that we represent have already conveyed their interest in being part of the United Bid effort that will showcase America, promote tourism, and stimulate economic growth.”

As part of the United 2026 effort, cities across the nation are pursuing opportunities to be part of the combined bid to host teams from around the world as well as matches drawing thousands of fans to the United States. If selected, this would be the first World Cup to be hosted in three countries.

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced last year that the list of potential host cities was narrowed down to 32 and included “New York/New Jersey.”  Aside from being home to the New York Giants and New York Jets, MetLife Stadium has hosted a number of large events, including Super Bowl 48 in 2014, WrestleMania in 2013, the Copa America Centenario soccer series in 2016 and the 2017 International Champions Cup soccer game.  The stadium will also host the annual Army-Navy football game in 2021.

The Senators will continue to work with their colleagues in both the Senate and the House to further expand bipartisan support for the effort to bring the World Cup to the United States, Canada, and Mexico in 2026.

Sens. Menendez and Booker were joined by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.),Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

The full text of the letter is available here and below.

Dear Mr. President,

We write to express our support for the United Bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. We believe this effort presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our nations’ shared passion for soccer and its positive impact in local communities and on the international stage.

Millions of Americans play or watch soccer at youth, collegiate, recreational and professional levels today. The sport spans generations, cultures, and languages – connecting fans and athletes with others across the globe who have a common love for the game. Comprising a melting pot of identities, cultures, and races, Americans proudly unite behind their team in the World Cup competition, and enjoy ties to the multiplicity of nationalities that come together for this tournament every four years.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup, with a total of 48 participating national teams and 80 matches, will be the largest in the history of the competition. As one of three host nations, the United States would have the opportunity to deepen the relationship between our citizens and the extended global soccer community, and to further foster the spirit of sportsmanship and inclusivity that defines the sport. It would build on a successful legacy for our three nations, which together have hosted 13 FIFA-sponsored tournaments. Dozens of U.S. cities that we represent have already conveyed their interest in being part of the United Bid effort that will showcase America, promote tourism, and stimulate economic growth.

Through a united World Cup bid, we have the opportunity to promote and celebrate the positive impact soccer has had for millions of Americans. We welcome your support for the United Bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America, and we look forward to working with you to advance this important effort.

Sincerely,

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