Jan 3, 2024 - News

North Texas to host MLB All Star game, cricket World Cup in 2024

Animated illustration of a vortex of concentric circles with the year 2024 and a football, baseball and basketball flying out of it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Dallas-Fort Worth residents should still be celebrating the latest local championship after the Texas Rangers won the 2023 World Series.

  • But 2024 may shape up to be an even bigger sports year for North Texas.

What's happening: The region will host several major sporting events this year and is continuing preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

  • AT&T Stadium is a match site, but we may learn this year which ones the region will get.

Here's what else we're watching…

🏀 The Dallas Mavericks could leave Dallas. The NBA has approved Mark Cuban's plan to sell a majority stake in the team to the Nevada family that runs the Las Vegas Sands. Cuban will retain operational oversight of the team.

  • Though Cuban has been adamant about keeping the Mavs in the city, a business connected to Las Vegas Sands recently bought acreage in Irving near the site of the former Texas Stadium.

🏏 The Men's T20 World Cup will take place in Grand Prairie this summer. It's the first time the International Cricket Council has hosted the event in the U.S.

  • 20 teams will compete locally in June at the renovated Grand Prairie Stadium, which holds 7,000 fans.

⚾️ The 2024 MLB All-Star game will be played in Arlington. It will be the second time for the Rangers to host the Midsummer Classic.

🏈 The Dallas Cowboys are headed to the playoffs, but they must beat Washington to win the NFC East.

  • Could that mean this is the year they could end the decades-long Super Bowl drought?
  • Probably not, but we'll be hoping during their playoff run anyway.

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