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International Soccer Play at Mercedes Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium was once again in the international spotlight Wednesday night as it
hosted its first international soccer match between Mexico and Venezuela.
A total of 51,834 fans watched the two national soccer teams face each other but when it comes
to hosting international soccer, Wednesday night could have been the beginning of a bigger
history that might make its way to the Benz.
Last year, FIFA (soccer’s international governing body) announced Canada, Mexico and the
The U.S. would host the 2026 World Cup and the city of Atlanta would be considered in becoming a
a host site for World Cup matches, having made the final cut from the preliminary list.
But Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium would not only host a World Cup match, but they also would
bid to have the opportunity to host one of the two semifinal matches, according to the official
book bid that was submitted to FIFA.
In the postgame press conference, Atlanta United’s former manager Tata Martino was asked if
Mercedes Benz said should be picked to host a World Cup match and he said, “Without a
doubt. What Atlanta United has caused in just two years, it should be considered. What the fans and what the city have produced each weekend, I think the city should be considered. For the big quantity of Mexicans who were here, I have no doubt it should be considered. And, if on top
of that, Mexico plays here, it’s a bigger reason.”
According to an article by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta
Sports Council said that Atlanta is preparing to start its bid to host a semifinal match. Corso said a final decision would more than likely be made by December 2020.
The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by 16 cities, 10 in the U.S., three in Mexico and three in
Canada. Currently, there are 17 U.S. cities bidding for the right to host a World Cup match.
The Benz is no stranger to hosting big events in the sports world having hosted Super Bowl 53,
a college football playoff national championship, SEC championship games, 2018’s MLS All
Star game and an MLS Cup championship game in its young history. Atlanta was also the host
site for the 1996 Olympics, the 2000 MLB All-Star Game and the 1977, 2002, 2007 and the
2013 NCAA Final Four.

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