Las Vegas makes World Cup pitch

LAS VEGAS - Officials from Las Vegas are in Houston, making a pitch Tuesday to bring World Cup games to Las Vegas in 2026.

The United States is joining forces with Canada and Mexico to bid for the 2026 World Cup.  The United Bid Committee has narrowed the list of potential host cities to 32, including Las Vegas.

Other cities in the mix include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City, and many others.  The committee has said it will look at various factors, such as stadiums, training sites, hotels, and services like transportation.

Nine cities have already been ruled out of the bidding process, including Jacksonville, Florida; New Orleans; Ottawa, Ontario; and San Antonio.

Las Vegas games would be played in the new Raiders Stadium which broke ground this week.  Construction of the stadium is expected to be completed by 2020.  The Raiders team president has previously said he thinks the venue would be perfect for the World Cup.  He also said he wants to bring the NFL Draft to Las Vegas in the next three years, and hopes to host a Super Bowl in either 2024 or 2025.

The United Bid Committee is expected to pick 16 host cities by June of 2018.  The final decision on whether North America will host the 2026 World Cup is not expected until 2019 or 2020.  So far, the only other nation making a bid is the North African country Morocco.

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