What better way to welcome the World Cup to Los Angeles than with a little magic?
Magic Johnson, that is.
On Thursday, when the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), soccer’s governing body, announced that L.A. and SoFi Stadium will be one of the sites hosting World Cup games in 2026, it was Johnson who responded on behalf of the city.
“We are honored and thrilled that FIFA has selected Los Angeles as a host city,” Magic Johnson said. “We look forward to seeing all of you here, and we’re going to show everybody why L.A. is a soccer city.”
Your #FIFAWorldCup 2026 Host Cities:
🇺🇸New York / New Jersey
🇺🇸San Francisco Bay Area
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 16, 2022
Los Angeles joins Vancouver, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, and Guadalajara as host cities for the Western Region of the tournament. As part of the show introducing the cities, FIFA had local celebrities respond to the news.
And while L.A. had Magic, Seattle had Drew Carey, Vancouver had Michael Buble and San Francisco had former U.S. Women’s World Cup champion, Brandy Chastain.
SoFi, which hosted this year’s Super Bowl, was chosen over the Rose Bowl, where the 1994 World Cup finals and 1999 Women’s World Cup were played.
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