Lucas Oil Stadium Possible World Cup Venue Host
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INDIANAPOLIS – Will Indianapolis be adding a World Cup to the impressive list of major sporting events it has already hosted?
That is a possibility with the United States currently the favorite to be awarded the 2026 World Cup.
The bid, which also includes Mexico and Canada as hosts, has Lucas Oil Stadium as a possible host site.
Lucas Oil is one of 37 United States’ stadiums on the list that the United Bid Committee announced earlier this week.
According to Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated, the bidding process in trimming down those venues will ramp up in the next few months.
“A shortlist of potential venues will be created, with those cities submitting their final proposals by January 2018,” Straus wrote. “The three countries’ World Cup bid, which will include 20-25 possible venues, is due to FIFA in March. The UBC said Tuesday that, “At least 12 locations could ultimately serve as official host cities,” during the tournament, with others possibly under consideration for the preliminary and final draws, team base camps and other activities.”
In 2013, Lucas Oil Stadium hosted an International Champions Cup match between Chelsea and Intern Milan. More than 41,000 fans attended the August match.
Since being built in 2008, Lucas Oil has hosted Super Bowl XLVI (2012), two Final Fours (2010 and 2015, with a third one scheduled for 2021), along with annually holding the Big Ten Football Championship Game.