AT&T Stadium falls short of scoring World Cup final

dfwnewsa | February 4, 2024 | 0 | Fort Worth , Fort Worth News

AT&T Stadium falls short of scoring World Cup final

AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, seen from the Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington. (Yfat Yossifor | KERA News)
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AT&T Stadium in Arlington will not field the FIFA World Cup 2026 final game, officials announced Feb. 4. 

FIFA officials chose MetLife Stadium in New Jersey over the home of the Cowboys. However, Arlington will host 9 matches, the most out of all the host cities. There are 108 games total.

Planning officials for the North Texas host site have touted the region’s resources for hosting events with large crowds in Arlington’s Entertainment District and say they can plan around the city’s lack of mass public transit options.

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A main hurdle for the stadium is the conversion of the turf to grass as required for the games. In the past, the pitch was covered with a mat of natural grass that led to player injuries after their cleats were caught on the seams of the mat. 

The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones family announced they are exploring a grow light system for grass in consultation with FIFA, according to the Star-Telegram. 

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The much-anticipated and frequently delayed announcement from FIFA, ended months of speculation by international media outlets that AT&T Stadium won the coveted final game. 

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Planners in host cities told The New York Times in September they were frustrated with the lack of communication and details from FIFA. With the final allocation announced, the clock is now ticking as officials begin planning. 

Regional planning officials have told KERA and the Fort Worth Report they will use the 2024 MLB All-Star Game as a trial run for World Cup readiness. 

At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here. 

Sandra Sadek is a Report for America corps member, covering growth for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at sandra.sadek@fortworthreport.org or @ssadek19. 

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