AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, NRG Stadium in Houston and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City have played host to many Big 12 Football Championship Games over the years.
In 2026, the venues could serve as the sites for a different form of football.
The joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States for the 2026 World Cup was successful on Wednesday. As part of the winning bid, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City will either host matches or training sites for the event.
Sixteen North American cities will be needed as host venues for the World Cup. FIFA will choose from the 23 cities that still remain in the mix to host a World Cup match.
AT&T Stadium is primarily home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, but the Big 12 Championship Game will not be leaving the Dallas-Fort Worth area anytime soon.
Dallas is expected to be a candidate for a semifinals match. This means the same field where Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield played his final Big 12 game could also be the site of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
Arrowhead Stadium hasn’t been the site of a Big 12 Championship Game since 2008 although the game has been played in Kansas City 5 times — the second most among all Big 12 title host locations.
Houston is a dark horse candidate for World Cup activity. Then known as Reliant Stadium, the Big 12 conducted football championship games there in 2002 and 2005.
ESPN.com’s Jeff Carlisle and Armando Neria believe FIFA will award both Dallas and Kansas City with World Cup matches.
Of the U.S. cities projected to make ESPN’s cut, the Big 12 has held championship games in two of its 10 projected American cities, which is the most among any conference.
Only the SEC (Atlanta), ACC (Orlando) and Pac-12 (San Francisco) have current or former championship game host sites featured on the list. And each conference has conducted a past title game at one potential World Cup site.
And when Houston is considered, the Big 12’s reach becomes even bigger.
Cities in the mix for World Cup matches
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