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Klee blog: FIFA evaluation report ranks Denver as No. 1 host site for 2026 World Cup

By: Paul Klee
June 13, 2018 Updated: June 13, 2018 at 2:05 pm
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The Denver Broncos take on the Baltimore Ravens in the opening game of the NFL season Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Sports Authority Field. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Start saving your pennies. The 2026 World Cup is coming to America.

(Check out Mr. Ramsey's take on the big announcement here.) 

And Colorado should be considered all but a lock to host a handful of games.

This FIFA report is pretty much a power ranking of potential host sites for the world's biggest sporting event. Yes, it will swallow a chunk of your day — or the bulk of my Tuesday night — but the end result was an eye-opener: Mile High Stadium ranks as the No. 1 host site.

Not too shabby for a 17-year-old stadium. According to Yahoo! Sports, each host city that's ultimately selected will host at least five games and as many as seven. OK, OK. So it all sounds pretty sweet, right? Sure does, even if there are two catches: Soccer Guy has eight years to remind us Americans fail to grasp the beautiful game, and the average ticket price is expected to be over $350. FIFA is expected to announce host cities in 2020 or 2021. 

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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