Pledges if elected to fight to secure federal infrastructure funds to improve New York mass transit for finals
U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today wrote to the U.S. Soccer Federation, congratulating them on winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup and requesting that they reconsider adding Buffalo and Western New York as sites for World Cup matches.
Writing to U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordiero, Farley said: “While we have much to do here in New York and New Jersey to repair and prepare our mass transit systems for the finals, a goal I would be committed to as U.S. senator, my immediate concern is the failure to locate any matches in Buffalo.”
In her letter, Farley made special note of the recent renovations to New Era Field and stressed the strong and deep history of soccer in Western New York.
“Buffalo sports fans are the most tenacious and loyal in America, Rochester is home to the Rhinos and soccer legend Abby Wambach -- Western New York deserves a World Cup match,” said Farley.
With a total of 60 matches scheduled for the United States and 10 matches scheduled for Canada, there would seem to be a real opportunity to utilize Buffalo’s New Era stadium as a spectator venue.
Concluded Farley, “The Buffalo Bills have demonstrated a strong regional fan base in Western New York and Southern Ontario, and with Toronto just 50 miles away there is an opportunity to have a tremendous event.”