Miami Now Wants To Host The World Cup Final In 2026, After F1 Success

Miami is now making a push to host the World Cup final in 2026, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Tom Garfinkel, the Miami Dolphins CEO who has brought Formula 1 racing and the Miami Open tennis tournament to hard Rock Stadium, is behind the effort.

Garfinkel said he has been meeting with top ranking officials from FIFA in recent weeks as part of the effort.

Hard Rock had previously been satisfied to have been assigned whatever World Cup matches FIFA assigned, and is considered a “virtual lock” to host one.

Dallas, Los Angeles and New York are also seen as possibilities to host the World Cup final.

According to Garfinkel, FIFA is impressed with Hard Rock, and they “understand the importance of Miami as a global city and as a great soccer city and as a dynamic city.”

Miami is “the most dynamic city in the country,” Garfinkel said.

The Formula 1 event being held here this week is already being seen as a huge success, and is helping Miami’s World Cup effort. Miami can also point to major successes in hosting Super Bowls, Barcelona-Real Madrid, and college football national championships, along with the Miami Open.

Formula 1 in Miami is bringing extremely high demand for tickets, flights, restaurants, and hotels. Ticket prices are triple what they were for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin last year, according to CNBC.

Garfinkel said he was also making a push for Hard Rock Stadium to host another Super Bowl and college football national championship.

 

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Melo is sigma and chad
19 days ago

And the Olympics in the 2030s

Anonymous
19 days ago

Would be nice but that’s not gonna happen

ParkingHater
19 days ago

look at the fire lit under LA to get its shit together. yes please

Anonymous
19 days ago

LA got its shit together? News to me.

Zonked
19 days ago

Yea LA seems like the worst place to base your aspirations for Miami on. Give me 1992 Barcelona instead.

Not Anonymous
15 days ago

LA infrastructure projects were already slated to occur regardless of whether the olympics were coming or not

Anonymous
19 days ago

So we honestly think the Olympics are going to be in LA in ’28 and then return to the US just 2 cycles after in ’36? The host city selection is very competitive and they never are awarded to the same country that quickly. I would say ’44 or ’48 would be our best bet.

Not Anonymous
15 days ago

stop being so pessimistic

Melo is sigma and chad
15 days ago

It happen with China.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Qatar got the date of the WC moved and Miami would have to get the date of the Olympics moved because nobody would ever plan a global event in Miami in August. Move the summer Olympics to the winter dates and Miami and Dubai could hold it every other 4 years.

Anonymous
19 days ago

With that 3/4 mile straight stretch on the FI track, bring the NHRA Nationals here. And let drag racers use it the rest of the time. Charge local drag racers a fee, keep them off the streets.

Not Anonymous
19 days ago

The poor people around the stadium suffer enough noise pollution. I think drag racing is a bit over the top in Hard Rock.

MiamiArchi
19 days ago

Noise Pollution from What?
A 1.5 hour race one day a year is nothing.
Have you ever even heard these cars before? No one even wears headphones in the pits because of the noise.
The noise pollution argument is just silly

Anonymous
19 days ago

Let him try living in a house or apartment near the airport and Metrorail like I do, then he’ll know what noise pollution is all about.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Ever watch the nightly local news? They got far worse problems than “noise pollution”.

They call me...
19 days ago

The news calls it “Northwest Miami Dade” when they report the shootings. They don’t call it Miami Gardens.

They call me...
19 days ago

They suffer more from the noise of gunshots than they suffer from the noise of commerce.

I care
19 days ago

Sorry for the downvotes. People don’t care about poor people in Miami Gardens on this site.

Cry Baby B!tch
19 days ago

F*ck you

Not Anonymous
15 days ago

Fuck you and your attitude of wishing for bad things to people with empathy

Anonymous
19 days ago

Wouldn’t fifa want a higher capacity stadium?

Anonymous
19 days ago

My thoughts exactly

Anonymous
19 days ago

Yea the final definitely won’t be in Miami

Zonked
19 days ago

The new MLS stadium is supposed to be 25,000 seats

Anonymous
18 days ago

A recent article in TNM said – “The project will include a stadium with between 25,000 and 40,000 seats (the developers have agreed to talks with the University of Miami to potentially host football games, which could lead to the larger size.)”

If readers and commenters on TNM is indicative of the intelligence in this town, then Miami is in serious trouble.

Anonymous
16 days ago

higher capacity than joe robbie? 65k isn’t paltry.

and in reality its all about the ticket prices and VIP suites, which the redesign focused on maximizing

Not Anonymous
19 days ago

Viva Miami! Maybe that proposed stadium is going to have another purpose now.

No roads, no rail, no future
17 days ago

World Cup Final and Olympics and not one mass transit line to get you to any of the venues. LOLx1000

j89
16 days ago

THis is lunacy on par with the crypto crowd nonsense…

Azymous
19 days ago

Bring it to Miami beach and use the MacArthur causeway for the finish line.

Joe CARollo
19 days ago

Maybe if Beckham bulky the Overtown stadium

Joe CARollo
19 days ago

*built

Anonymous
19 days ago

Maybe could’ve would’ve should’ve…

Beckham got the Melreese golf site approved for a stadium.. now live it.

Anonymous
18 days ago

That last line should instead say – “now live with it”

John
15 days ago

WC final needs to be played in a dry place or enclosed stadium. WC final in Miami in July would be terrible due to humidity and heightened chance of a washout due to storms.

Choo Choo
19 days ago

No way we get that. Its a great stadium for soccer but the location is kind of whack. Maybe we can get a semi-finals. I just wish we could have metrorail running to the stadium by 2026, but we’ll prob be waiting until 2046 at this rate…

MiamiArchi
19 days ago

I mean the location of the stadium definitely isn’t great but none of the stadium locations are.
None are located near a downtown area. And I believe Metlife Stadium is the only one that has a metroline running to it.
I would say the amount of people you can have in the stadium is really Hard Rocks biggest issue. They can fit like 65,000 when others can fit 80,000 people.
but if people will pay triple the amount for a ticket in Miami. Then maybe its worth it?
Doubt Texas will get the finals. Doesn’t have the same glamour/party atmosphere as NYC, LA or Miami

Anonymous
19 days ago

Is the final definitely gonna be in the us? Mexico City could definitely host the final too

Anonymous
19 days ago

I think Mexico will only host games on first and second rounds, the final will be held in the us.

Anonymous
19 days ago

The location is great from a convenience standpoint, but the surrounding area is crummy.

Wolfie
17 days ago

this F1 has been the biggest “non-event” I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot worldwide. Unless this goes downtown this race wont get extended.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Yaaaaaaas!!

Anonymous
19 days ago

And how are tourists going to live around when the public transportation is a joke?!

Anonymous
19 days ago

tourists are going to live around?

Um, really?

Azymous
19 days ago

With the F1 tickets prices being as high as they are, I’m sure most will Uber or have private cars.

They call me...
19 days ago

Yeah….tourists don’t come to Miami because of public transportation. (And because there are too many tourists on the sidewalks).

ParkingHater
18 days ago

You say that. But a surprising amount of people I know from across the pond who are in town for the race have asked about transit.

Granted the sample size is quite small, n=4

We need the north metrorail extension ASAP! This is a 10 year deal we should already have shovels in the ground.

Horny Toad
15 days ago

^It ain’t happenin homeslice

Anonymous
19 days ago

Nah. It’s going to be in SoFi.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Hoping all this momentum will finally lead to Miami Stadium getting restored also.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Miami Marine Stadium that is. Lol.

Anonymous
19 days ago

It’s been abandoned longer than it was used. Tear it down and built a megaresort. Miami has a lot more historic properties worth saving than an oversized shack from the 1960s.

wildcard4376
19 days ago

Miami deserves to be a host city. A few of the games could be held at night; especially if a South American team were to play a team from Oceania or Asia. If Miami isn’t chosen to host the Final; ( in reality the favorite would be MetLife Stadium in New Jersey); it should make the effort to host the Third Place Game. That would be money in the bank for all sides.
FIFA can’t go wrong with that decision.
The Miami Beach Convention Center was mentioned as a possible host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup Draw.

Anonymous
19 days ago

Keep it coming!!! This are all great efforts and news!!!

Nameskape
16 days ago

Lamest f1 crowd/event ever, even looked bad on TV, hope people dont think thats Miami they saw…..

Anonymous
19 days ago

I’m not sure Hard Rock Stadium should be considered hosting the World Cup Final. There’s several new and modern stadiums with higher capacities. With that being said, I do believe within the next 10-15 years, a new stadium should be considered. I’m not sure how it’ll happen but I personally think it should. The stadium is extremely outdated (design wise).

Anonymous
19 days ago

Ross just spent a bazillion dollars rehabbing the place and it recently hosted a Super Bowl …you are full of it

B890
16 days ago

F1 success? Lol… in current form this race is lucky to last for another year.

MM305
16 days ago

Um, are you not listening to the same news I am… Miami F1 is considered the third largest F1 event right now behind Dubai and Monte Carlo… That’s the buzz on sportscenter. Miami F1 is also in it’s first year of its existence. I would say it was successful.

waki
16 days ago

well the ‘buzz’ is wrong…. hype hype and more hype

MM305
15 days ago

85k attended the event and another 170k came to Miami just to be in town at the same time… So that’s real not hype. And these are high net worth individuals with expendable income for tourism, investment and development. The F1 community also loved the challenging track set-up. So the hype was also coming from the racing community.

realitychecker
15 days ago

so they all came to see the Miami hype and saw nothing… nothing new, few more buildings, same vibe as it willl always be, just like vegas you come to miami to basically f&*k around period.

Anonymous
19 days ago

It’s too HOT, and humid for soccer in the summer in Miami.

Not Anonymous
19 days ago

people play soccer in the snow and most Latin nations are even more humid. This argument is stupid.

Anonymous
19 days ago

But – soccer – is – played – throughout – South America

Anonymous
19 days ago

Surely you don’t think South America is always hot though, right?

Anonymous
19 days ago

I’m not saying I agree that Miami is too hot to hold the World Cup (although I do believe it would need to be held in a non-peak Summer month like they’re doing for Qatar), but your comment has me wondering… I’ve either lived in or spent significant time in almost every country in South America and can’t think of hardly any that I would describe as more humid or hot than Miami. Which did you have in mind?

Make America Smart Again
19 days ago

What a stupid comment! Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, (most of) Colombia, Ecuador.. none of these places are known for being particularly hot or humid. But I’m sure you think they’re all just basically Mexico anyway, right?

s.k
17 days ago

Mexico’s Central/North areas are fricking cold during winter, some areas even get snow and heavy hail, and dry hot during summers. If your Mexico reference is hot and humid Cancun, you need to travel more.

Anonymous
15 days ago

Nope, never been to Cancun. Only Guadalajara, Puebla and DF.

Three OH Five
19 days ago

Dude go outside and run 🏃‍♂️ start losing those tities..

Anonymous
19 days ago

They are full of milk and honey for you !

Azymous
19 days ago

I guess no one plays soccer in Brazil