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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #75 on: June 23, 2022, 03:22:56 PM »

The last time they did this in The States, didn't FIFA make them put real grass in all the domes they used?

Not just in the dome (there was only one used, the Silverdome) but in the outdoor venues as well. Giants Stadium had an AstroTurf field in normal use and they had to put down temporary grass for the World Cup. While by all accounts FieldTurf is much closer to real grass than AstroTurf is, it almost certainly won't matter. Recall how some of the women's players brought a sex discrimination lawsuit against FIFA for allowing portions of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada to be played on artificial turf despite requiring real grass for the men's World Cup. I believe they ultimately agreed to dismiss the case and I don't know whether there was a settlement as part of that, but at least two venues for next year's Women's World Cup (Dunedin and Melbourne) will be using hybrid grass that contains artificial fibers. I understand FIFA are still stricter about it as to the men's World Cup, though.

I went to see Dortmund play a friendly at Notre Dame stadium, which is a very nice turf field and the ball just doesn't bounce the same. World Cup should be played on grass, both men's and women's.
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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #76 on: June 23, 2022, 03:24:47 PM »

It's not just the bounce of the ball. Players get injured more on field turf since it's basically lain on top of concrete.

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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #77 on: June 23, 2022, 07:12:45 PM »

I always liked playing on turf more than on grass. Even the nicest grass fields in Wisconsin - the complex in Appleton where club state championships are held - weren’t as enjoyable for me to play on as fieldturf. Obviously professional pitches don’t have traditional grass that just grows from the ground, but at the end of the day I can’t imagine even a partially natural surface being smoother and more pristine than an artificial one.

Of course I’m not requesting for these players to move away from the surface they’ve played on their entire lives, nor am I discounting the elevated injury risk of turf that makes grass ideal.
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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #78 on: June 26, 2022, 05:49:11 PM »

Speaking of which... why can't you easily get to Gillette Stadium from Providence on the commuter rail? They might need a shuttle service from the Mansfield and/or Sharon station to Gillette Stadium if there isn't already one.

And don't triple post.

Another major snub: Phoenix. That's probably because of the heat.

The Cardinals have a retractable roof, unless playing indoors in any manner is another deal-breaker with FIFA (the Cardinals play on grass, so that's not an issue)
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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #79 on: June 26, 2022, 06:07:20 PM »

Speaking of which... why can't you easily get to Gillette Stadium from Providence on the commuter rail? They might need a shuttle service from the Mansfield and/or Sharon station to Gillette Stadium if there isn't already one.

And don't triple post.

Another major snub: Phoenix. That's probably because of the heat.

The Cardinals have a retractable roof, unless playing indoors in any manner is another deal-breaker with FIFA (the Cardinals play on grass, so that's not an issue)

It’s not a dealbreaker, they just require natural grass. kernals12 claims to have me on ignore, so he may not have seen Phoenix was already mentioned further up the thread—or it just doesn’t fit with his narrative.
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Re: 2026 FIFA World Cup
« Reply #80 on: November 16, 2022, 10:01:56 AM »

https://www.starsandstripesfc.com/2022/9/27/23375090/report-2026-fifa-world-cup-final-at-t-stadium-jerryworld-usa-ussf-mexico-canada-usmnt

I missed this when it was reported back in September. While there's no official announcement, there appear to be pretty good sources indicating that the 2026 Final will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The article notes that FIFA wants an indoor location for the final due to potential heat, eliminating MetLife Stadium in the New York area, and some non-specific concerns about the field size at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, as the reasons for eliminating the nation's two largest metro areas as potential locations.

Also worth noting that if the Bears had decided to build a new stadium in Arlington several years ago, they could have potentially been not only a World Cup site, but the host of the final.
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