Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Minneapolis to seek World Cup soccer at US Bank Stadium

Minneapolis to seek World Cup soccer at US Bank Stadium

Requests for information were sent to 44 cities across the three countries.

Others named were McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Olympic and Saputo stadiums in Montreal, TD Place in Ottawa, Rogers Centre and BMO Field in Toronto, and BC Place in Vancouver.

Officials from each city are being asked to provide information including their city's transportation infrastructure, past experience with major sporting and cultural events and accommodations that would be available.

When the USA played host to the World Cup in 1994, the opening ceremony, four group-play games and a round of 16 game was held at Soldier Field. The goal is to narrow the list to 20-25 venues for the final bid, which is due to Federation Internationale de Football Association in January 2018.

Nearly every major US city was included on Tuesday's preliminary list.

A joint committee will evaluate those offers, produce a shortlist in September, and continue to prune away until 12 venues are ultimately selected to host World Cup games in 2026, the USSF said. The stadium does meet the required threshold for group stage matches, though- which require 40,000 seats.

Markets slide, dollar slumps as North Korea fears spike
The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2 per cent to 3,275.57 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off 0.3 per cent at 27,757.09. The FTSE 100 of the United Kingdom declined 0.59 percent and the SMI of Switzerland finished lower by 1.48 percent.

Terror probe opened into Eiffel Tower incident
Security forces have been attacked several times this year at tourist sites in Paris, which they patrol intensively. Sources told RFI that the unidentified man shouted "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic - during the incident .

New 9/11 victim identified, almost 16 years later
In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews who were working on rebuilding the site. The remains were discovered by New York's medical office, which this year re-examined DNA recovered at the scene in 2001.

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01: Chris Wondolowski of the United States reacts after a missed chance uring the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.

If FIFA awards the tournament to North America, 10 matches will be held in Canada.

"We have had a great response so far", United Bid Committee Executive Director John Kristick said, "and we're looking forward to working closely with each city and determining the best venues for our official bid".

The City of Vancouver is vying to be one of the host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

FedEx Field, the Washington Redskins' suburban home, is listed as the proposed D.C. area stadium.

Like this: