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Nashville remains a finalist to host 2026 World Cup

FIFA is expected to announce the official host cities by the end of 2021.
The Nashville, Tenn. skyline is seen Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)
The Nashville, Tenn. skyline is seen Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)(Joe Howell | AP)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 11:36 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Nashville is still a contender to host the 2026 World Cup.

Officials with FIFA are set to tour Nissan Stadium in July. Ten U.S. cities will be chosen to be host cities for the World Cup.

“Holding stadium discussions with FIFA is a key step forward, and as one of the smaller markets, we are honored to still be in the hunt. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than the Tennessee Titans as we continue to push Nashville’s bid ahead. We are confident that the stadium and city can host a successful World Cup match,” said Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

Nashville is one of the smallest cities seeking a spot, but officials said the natural grass stadium gives the city an edge over competitors.

The tournament will consist of 60 matches. The U.S. will host ten matches and Canada and Mexico will split the other six.

FIFA is expected to announce the official host cities by the end of 2021.

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