The North American bid plans to rely on existing infrastructure. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
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Morocco would need to spend almost $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated, the bid said Saturday.When FIFA officials score the bids, infrastructure – of which half relates to stadiums – will account for 70 percent of the panel's mark.For $3 billion, Morocco said it can build nine stadiums, refurbish five others and build or renovate 130 training grounds. Morocco has mounted four unsuccessful World Cup bids, most recently for the 2010 tournament, while the U.S. was host in 1994 and was beaten in the vote for the 2022 event.The North American bid included 23 cities, with 17 in the United States.
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