Kansas City in Running to Host 2026 World Cup Soccer
The FIFA World Cup United Bid Soccer Committee today announced Kansas City is in the running to host the 2026 World Cup Soccer tournament. It is anticipated that each 2026 FIFA World Cup Host City can expect in the neighborhood of $1-billion in economic impact. Historically past FIFA World Cup matches average over 250-million worldwide viewers and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final had over 900 million worldwide viewers.
“This news confirms to the rest of the country what we already know here in the heartland, that the KC metro is worthy of being called the soccer capital of America. As we move to the next round in the bid selection process, I know that we will have a strong case to make that Kansas City deserves to be a World Cup host,” said KCK Mayor Mark Holland.
The Kansas City region has invested over $325-million in soccer facilities in the past decade, with another $500-million planned between now and 2026. As a region, KC and KCK sports venues offer numerous world-class soccer facilities, from Children’s Mercy Park in KCK to Arrowhead Stadium in KCMO
Here in Kansas City, Kansas, we are home to the state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Park, where Sporting KC recently became U.S. Open Cup Champions, cheered on by the greatest soccer fans in the U.S. The National Training and Coaching Development Center for soccer will open later this year. New soccer fields are flourishing all across the metro. And, of course, you can’t create a better atmosphere for a marquee soccer match than Arrowhead Stadium. You can be guaranteed that the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/KCK will be working with all of our regional partners to make this World Cup dream a reality.
The Soccer United Bid Committee will submit the bid book to FIFA in March 2018. 41 cities from across Canada, Mexico and the United States submitted proposals to be considered as possible host cities. After completing a comprehensive review process, the United Bid Committee identified 32 cities – four from Canada, three from Mexico and 25 from the United States – to continue as Host City candidates to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America.