SoFi Stadium is less than three years old, yet it already has played host to a Super Bowl, a college football title game and WrestleMania. Taylor Swift has booked so many concerts there, she probably could register to vote in Inglewood.
But there’s one prize the stadium could miss: the 2026 World Cup final.
FIFA is expected to announce in September the number of matches that will be played in each of the tournament’s 16 host venues, and although SoFi was once considered a possible site for the championship game, it now appears a long shot behind MetLife Stadium in northern New Jersey and AT&T Stadium in suburban Dallas, which has emerged as the solid favorite.
SoFi has two more chances to win over undecided FIFA officials this month — staging Sunday’s sold-out CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Panama and Mexico and a July 26 friendly between European giants Arsenal and Barcelona.
“Anytime we, as a city and community, have the opportunity to host one of these international tournaments and show people how we do what we do here, it serves us well,” said Larry Freedman, LAFC’s co-president and the co-chair of the Los Angeles World Cup host committee.
“The size of SoFi puts it in the conversation for the biggest and the best sporting events. And when you start thinking bigger, it’s impossible not to gravitate to the biggest, arguably best, most modern facility on the planet.”