Nathan LaRusso, Brophy on World Cup panel at NJ Bankers event March 7

Lauren Nathan LaRusso, co-leader of the New York/New Jersey Host Committee, and Eric Brophy, deputy chief of staff for economic growth in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration, will headline a panel discussion next month on the impact of the FIFA 2026 World Cup.

The panel discussion, part of the New Jersey Bankers Economic Leadership Forum, will be held March 7 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset. It aims to provide a timely discussion on the economic implications of the global event — examining the significant economic value associated with hosting the World Cup.

MetLife Stadium will host eight games, including the final on July 19. Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will host six games, including one on July Fourth, as part of the country’s 250th birthday celebration.

The discussion will delve into the profound economic impact that the World Cup will bring to the state. In addition to the economic impact, the discussion will delve into the financial opportunities for businesses providing services to athletes, families and fans flocking to New Jersey during the tournament.

“It is both an honor and a privilege for New Jersey to host such a globally prestigious event,” NJ Bankers CEO Mike Affuso said. “This opportunity underscores the economic prowess and vitality of our state. Our core mission aligns with fostering understanding of the economic impact of such grand events.”

The panel featuring Nathan LaRusso and Brophy is just one part of the Economic Leadership Forum. Other featured speakers at the event include:

  • Michelle W. Bowman, governor, Federal Reserve System;
  • Lindsey Piegza, chief economist, Stifel Financial;
  • Kevin O’Toole, chairman, board of commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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