Ready to Host: Why the U.S. is Primed for Rugby World Cup Success

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NOV. 23 2021

A History of Successful Global Sports Events


When the U.S. hosts major global sporting events, we set a new standard every time. In recent history, the U.S. has hosted two Olympic games in 1996 and 2002, and a FIFA World Cup in 1994 - each historically successful in its own right. 

Despite the lack of a professional soccer league in the States in the early 90’s, the 1994 FIFA World Cup remains the most attended World Cup to date, and is hailed as one of the most financially successful. 

Similarly, the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta sold 8.3 million tickets, an attendance record that still stands today; and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City has long been commended for its incredible event organization that led to a hugely successful Games. 

Our ability to turn global sporting events into historic spectacles stems from a combination of our unmatched facilities and our people’s unbridled love for sport and competition. 

 

 

Unparalleled Facilities

Cities across the country are eager to host Rugby World Cup matches in their state-of-the-art stadiums. The U.S. has available stadiums with capacities up to 90,000 and over a dozen with capacity above 70,000. No previous Rugby World Cup host has had more than four stadiums of that size. There is no doubt United States hosts first class destinations for every visiting rugby fan. From major metropolitan cities, to beachside settings, the United States offers a globally accessible and diverse slate of city experiences to welcome the world as one.

 

A Growing Love for Rugby 

Unlike soccer in the early ‘90s in the U.S., there are already established and ascending top level men’s and women’s rugby leagues here, and the sport is growing with considerable momentum. The 1994 FIFA World Cup was able to achieve historic success without these valuable assets. Today, there are over 80,000 men and over 28,000 women players registered with USA Rugby, and in just four years of operation, the size of Major League Rugby has nearly doubled from seven teams to twelve across the U.S. and Canada.

Beyond those actively playing, interest in the sport has grown tremendously. Recent research found that over 45 million Americans are interested in rugby and would be likely to watch a home world cup. That is 50 percent more than the population of Australia and New Zealand combined. 

The U.S. has a proven ability to host mega events, the infrastructure to support them, and the passion and interest to unite with the world’s rugby community to host a spectacular, Rugby World Cup.