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Arsenal Owner Stan Kroenke is financier of “most glamorous” 2026 World Cup host stadium

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By Martin Graham | 19th Jun 2022

The world governing body for everything football, FIFA, recently announced the host cities for the 2026 World Cup to be jointly hosted by three North American countries (Canada, USA and Mexico). One of the venues that has taken the world’s attention is the SoFi stadium, the home ground of the Los Angeles Rams.

The stadium is said to have been bankrolled by Arsenal’s American owner Stan Kroenke, who is reported to have splashed over £4 billion pounds on the project. The stadium is said to be arguably the most beautiful stadium in the world currently.

The SoFi Stadium is not new to big occasions. It has raised a few eyebrows over its choice instead of the legendary American stadium from the 1994 World Cup, the Rose Bowl. But it has hosted the Super Bowl final, which is considered the biggest sporting event in the United States.

Kroenke, who is also the owner of NFL franchise Los Angeles Rams, financed the building of the stadium for his team and it played host to last season’s Super Bowl which involved the Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was his investment in the stadium that helped bring the Super Bowl back to Los Angeles after a long time away from the city.

The SoFi stadium is truly the definition of luxury, class and sophistication and for this reason many see it as one of the most luxurious stadiums on the planet.

The stadium has 13,000 quality suites, a seating capacity that can be extended to 100,000, over 250 posh suites. The seating capacity was designed in such a way that it can be expanded to accommodate more persons in the event of a special event like the world cup.

The stadium also possesses some technological systems such as large video boards that tower over 70,000 square feet above the pitch. There are also screens that display 360° images and views around the entire stadium and outside. The screens are of such high quality that the Electronic engineers in charge of the stadium claim it displays a quality of over 80 million pixels.

The meeting to decide the schedule of the 2026 World Cup will be announced after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the games which the SoFi stadium will host.

Many project that it will host one of the landmark games – the opener or the final – because the 2026 World Cup is the first in history to feature 48 teams and to be hosted by three nations.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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