Jerry Jones, along with Arlington Mayor Jim Ross and other North Texas stakeholders, rolled out the red carpet for FIFA executives on Sunday as they toured AT&T Stadium, looking at the venue as a possible host site for World Cup 2026.
AT&T Stadium, which has hosted CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, a Super Bowl, the NCAA basketball Final Four and several college football bowl games, is one of 17 U.S. sites bidding for the event, ranking fourth in total capacity at 80,000.
The top three venues for capacity are the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles (94,542), MetLife Stadium in New York/New Jersey (82,500), and FedEx Field in Washington D.C. (82,000).
The bid committee, which includes The Dallas Sports Commission, FC Dallas, and Dallas Cowboys executive, is pushing for the top matches, plus hosting the International Broadcast Center in Fair Park, as previously it did in 1994.
The FIFA delegation also toured Fort Worth, Frisco’s Toyota Stadium and the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Organizers say that landing key matches could create an estimated 3,000 new jobs and $400 million of economic impact per match.
FIFA expects to announce the bid winners in 2022.