NEW YORK (AP) — As FIFA prepares to announce the venues for the 2026 World Cup on Thursday — and make high-profile cuts — Alan Rothenberg reflected on when stadiums were chosen for the 1994 tournament which he directed in the United States.
“They gave the rights to the host country, and the host country basically ran everything,” he said. “Here, everything is done internally by FIFA. So it was a very long and arduous process. The terms have been incredibly difficult for cities to manage.