Report shows economic impact on Nashville hosting 2026 World Cup

An undated aerial image of Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
An undated aerial image of Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.(WSMV)
Updated: Feb. 3, 2022 at 11:14 AM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Nashville is in the running to host the World Cup in 2026.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp announced the findings of their economic impact report if the city were to host four World Cup matches in 2026. Nashville remains on the list of potential U.S. host cities for the 2026 World Cup.

In a report released on Thursday by the University of Tennessee, the overall economic impact on Nashville hosting World Cup matches would total $695 million, including $205.6 million in generated income and 5,469 annualized jobs.

Hosting these games would also create a significant one-time tax revenue of $66.1 million from the sales and hotel reservations expected from the mass influx of visitors for the games, according to the release.

The study examined the effect that construction, operations of the games and tourism associated with hosting the four World Cup soccer matches at Nissan Stadium would have on the Tennessee economy.

Nashville is competing against 17 other cities to host the World Cup. Among them are the usual suspects like Miami, LA, and New York. World Cup organizers were impressed with what they saw when they scouted out Music City.

“After our site visit this past fall, I think we went from being a long shot to being a legitimate contender,” Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. CEO Butch Spyridon said.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup is set for the United States, Canada and Mexico and will include 48 teams competing in 80 matches. Nashville is one of 17 U.S. cities vying for hosting privileges.

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