The city of Nashville will find out on Thursday if it’ll be one of the United States’ host cities for the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA is set to announce the host cities on Thursday at 4:00 PM CT/5:00 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

Journalist Grant Wahl suggested on Wednesday that if the United States gets 12 host cities Nashville will be one of the cities. But if the United States only gets 11 host cities, then Nashville would be the first city left out.

Tennessee Tourism Committee president Butch Spyridon appeared on 104.5 The Zone’s The Buck Reising Show on Wednesday to discuss Nashville’s World Cup bid and Wahl’s report.

Spyridon pointed out that there’s been “negative-zero” confirmation from FIFA about whether not Nashville will be selected as a host city.

He then disputed Wahl’s report about Nashville possibly being left out if only 11 cities from the United States are chosen.

“I might disagree a little with Grant,” said Spyridon.

“I think we got a shot at bumping Baltimore and [Washington] D.C. if it’s 11. Truly, they (FIFA) got a little nervous on on the (new) stadium conversation — that reporting is accurate. But what isn’t reported is what a great job the Titans, the Mayor, and our office did responding to the questions. We have solidly answered the what-if scenarios.”

“Now, FIFA doesn’t like the what-if scenarios,” added Spyridon. “We rallied the cause and answered the questions…knock on wood, we [hope we] alleviated their fears.”

Spyridon noted that FIFA was concerned about a potential construction site and if there would be enough real estate area around the stadium for their hospitality setup. The Titans, Spyridon noted, did a fantastic job of laying out a solid plan for a potential World Cup site.

He also said that the new stadium is unlikely to be open by January 2026, but the main construction portion of the project should be finished by then.

FIFA also had questions about Nissan Stadium and what kind of shape it will be in by 2026. Spyridon said FIFA was assured that the stadium would be in “NFL condition”.

It sounds like FIFA would love to be in Nashville for the World Cup, but there are legitimate questions about the new stadium, what the area will look like, and whether or not there will be any potential hold-ups when 2026 rolls around.

So far, there haven’t been any concrete leaks about whether or not Nashville will be hosting. It looks like we’ll all be watching Fox Sports 1 tomorrow and finding out together if Nashville gets to be a World Cup host city.

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