Las Vegas Raiders stadium considered for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Las Vegas has a new sporting goal on the horizon.

Having successfully enticed the Raiders to town earlier this year, the city now has a chance to become a host location for the 2026 World Cup.

The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada has asked 44 cities across the three nations, including Las Vegas, to declare their interest it hosting the games by Sept. 5, the committee said in a statement Tuesday.

The United Bid Committee and Morocco are the only entities to have submitted bids to host the 2026 World Cup. The United States last hosted the games in 1994. A final decision will be made by FIFA in June 2018.

Should FIFA choose the United Bid Committee, at least 12 cities on the North American continent will host games, according to the statement.

Once North American cities declare their interest in the coming weeks, The United Bid Committee will review their submissions and issue a short list by late September.

The cities on the short list will then have until January to submit a more detailed bid. The committee will submit a final list of 20 to 25 cities to FIFA in March.

A stadium must have a seat capacity of at least 40,000 seats to host group stage matches and 80,000 to host the opening and final match.

The new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas will have a capacity of 72,000, according to the statement, qualifying it to host the group stage matches. The stadium should be completed by 2020.

FIFA officials and United Bid Committee members would both be involved in choosing the host cities, which will be judged on their stadium, hotel facilities, transportation system and training facilities.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Todd Prince at tprince@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0386. Follow @toddprincetv on Twitter.

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