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Kansas City in the Running to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Kansas City has been included as an official Candidate Host City in the United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

Kansas City is part of the most comprehensive and far-reaching hosting strategy ever developed for a mega-sporting event. Kansas City is thrilled at the possibility of welcoming the world to a united and inclusive celebration of soccer in Arrowhead Stadium, offering an advanced and exciting stage on which the world’s best players could compete. United Bid projects 5.8-million tickets to be sold in 2026, generating $2.1-billion in revenue

"Kansas City is the soccer capital of the United States and is the ideal place to host games during the 2026 World Cup. As a region, KC and KCK offer numerous world class soccer facilities, from Children’s Mercy Park and the Pinnacle training facility in KCK, to Arrowhead Stadium in KCMO," said KCK Mayor David Alvey. "Being selected as part of the North American bid to host the World Cup shows what working together can accomplish. It also affirms the positive impacts of the economic development efforts the Unified Government has undertaken."

"Kansas City is the absolute perfect place to host the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2026. This City is welcoming, inviting, it’s diverse, it’s rich in culture and rich in attitude," said Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James. "We’re known for our food, we’re known for our BBQ, we’re known for our jazz, but most of all we’re known for our people. They are the nicest people in our country."

"All of Kansas City should be proud that our community is officially in contention to serve as a host city for the biggest sporting event in the world. Highly acclaimed for our hospitality and perfectly positioned in the heart of North America, Kansas City’s modern amenities and accommodations strengthen the United Bid and provide a world-class experience for guests," said Cliff Illig, Sporting Kansas City owner. "The inclusion of Kansas City also showcases a strategic vision and a spirit of togetherness made possible by a coalition of leaders in multiple cities, states and municipal agencies. All of us involved in the local effort are delighted to support the United Bid and are committed to continuing our mission to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Kansas City."

Canada, Mexico and the United States require no new stadium construction to stage the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. Kansas City, along with the United Bid, will instead be able to work with FIFA to ensure the players, officials, and fans have an extraordinary experience at the largest FIFA World Cup™ ever staged.

Across every metric, the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ in North America has the potential to deliver something extraordinary for Kansas City, North America, FIFA, and for soccer.

The United Bid’s final Candidate Host Cities are:

Canada: Edmonton, Montréal, Toronto
Mexico: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
United States: Atlanta, Baltimore ,Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York/New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Washington DC

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