The Dallas Business Journal published a really interesting interview with Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission, which is "tasked with bringing sporting events to North Texas and competes with other large U.S. metro areas trying to do the same."
Lots of interesting stuff, but what really caught my attention is what she had to say about the 2026 World Cup. The Commission is aiming to land:
- Six group-stage matches at AT&T Stadium
- The championship match, or at least a semifinal
- The international broadcast center, which would mean hosting 10,000+ media members in the region. The broadcast center was here for the 1994 World Cup as well.
- Various "base camps" where a team trains for a month. They'd fly to the sites of their matches, then fly back here to keep practicing. Reminds me of the Steelers using TCU as their home base before the Super Bowl.